Faculty Book: Jeffrey Blustein

Jeffrey M. Blustein

Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life
(Oxford University Press, 2014)

Forgiveness and Remembrance book coverThis book examines the complex moral psychology of forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts. It challenges a number of entrenched ideas that pervade standard philosophical approaches to interpersonal forgiveness and offers an original account of its moral psychology and the emotions involved in it. The author also uses this account to illuminate the relationship of forgiveness to political reconciliation. Memory is another central concern that flows from this; in its political function, memory of wrongdoing—and of its victims—is embodied in processes of memorialization. Blustein examines the symbolism and the symbolic moral significance of memorialization as a political practice, reflects on its relationship to forgiveness, and, finally, argues that there are moral responsibilities associated with memorialization that belong to international actors as well as to states. Jeffrey M. Blustein (Prof., City) serves on the doctoral faculty in philosophy.

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Submitted on: JUL 14, 2014

Category: Faculty Books, Philosophy