Remembrance, Forgiveness, Time

September 9, 2020 - September 11, 2020
MANCEPT, University of Manchester

Arthur Lewis Building
Manchester M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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University of Wolverhampton

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Prof. Dr Oliver Hallich (University of Duisburg- Essen)

Dr Paula Satne (University of Wolverhampton)

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Standardly, forgiveness is seen as the overcoming, on moral grounds, of vindictive passions – the passions of anger, resentment, and even hatred, that are often occasioned when one has been deeply wronged by another (e.g. Murphy, 1988). However, some authors see forgiveness as a normative phenomenon in the sense that forgiveness alters the norms of interaction between victim and wrongdoer (e.g. Warmke, 2016; Bennett, 2018) while pluralist accounts argue that forgiveness is a flexible concept that allows for a variety of changes of attitudes and practices according to the circumstances (e.g. Smith, 2008; Scarre, 2004).

Taking into account these debates,  in this workshop, we want to explore some of the following conceptual and normative issues that arise regarding the relationship between political forgiveness, memory and time. Possible topics might be:

- forgiveness and the duty to remember past crimes

- the relation between forgiving and forgetting, 

- the role of the passing of time as a reason for forgiveness

- time and the notion of the unforgivable

- forgiveness and the discounting of the past

- forgiveness and the possibility of changing the significance of the past

- forgiveness as a future-related act

- the temporal structure of forgiveness as an act or as a process

If you wish to participate, please send an abstract (500-800 words) by email (using the title MANCEPT WORKSHOP SUBMISSION) to both and

Please prepare your submission for blind review and note that we are looking for work in progress rather than alreday published material.

Some slots will be reserved for graduate papers. If you are a graduate student, please state this  in your submission email.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 25th May 2020.

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