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Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - Brooklyn

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Liane Carlson

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Forgiveness and the Unforgivable: Religion, Literature, Philosophy

What constitutes an apology? Are certain kinds of acts unforgivable—and, if so, why? Who, indeed, has the power to forgive? In this course, we’ll set these questions in historical context, beginning with Bishop Joseph Butler’s eighteenth-century sermons, then exploring discussions of resentment in Nietzsche and guilt in Dostoyevski, before turning to post-Holocaust literature on the unforgivable by Jean Améry, Vladimir Jankélévitch and others. 

In reading these texts, we will explore some of the following questions: What is forgiveness? Are there unforgivable acts and, if so, what? Is forgiveness an act of the body or an act of the will? Is forgiveness strictly an individualistic act, or can it be bestowed collectively as well? Could ritualistically deciding never to forgive give similar solace as forgiving? Finally, are post-Holocaust thinkers like Jean Améry correct that the refusal to forgive can be its own ethical stance, rather than a failure to attain the virtue of forgiveness?

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Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

We'll grant full course credit up to the start of the first class. After the first class we can offer 75% course credit; after the second 50%; and after the third 25%.

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Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

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