Etica del perdono.

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Ethics of forgiveness.

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The identity of each is crossed by relationships: some established by our choices and actions, others that precede us, others that simply weave our history without offering it to us. Our being beings in relationship means that even the free act, which expresses who we are, immediately belongs to human plurality, feeds on it and at the same time is exposed to it. In these dynamics, the question of forgiveness acquires a particular importance which, in the contemporary context, was theoretically brought back into play even starting from the great historical events of the twentieth century. The ¬ gift is crossed by a series of paradoxes: its need to free the other and the gratuitousness of its realization, freedom but also the irreversibility of human action, the inexcusability of the wrongdoing as a condition for the possibility of forgiveness same. The text investigates this figure of ethos fathoming the relationships between guilt and weakness, between repentance unable to absolve and forgiveness in the absence of repentance, but also the role of sensitivity, resentment and bad faith, of the distinction between malefactors and victims together with the common fragility of the human being. Forgiveness then requires us to investigate the temporal structure of existence, intertwining memory, oblivion and openness to the future, keeping track of history and together along the path of mutual liberation. Precisely from this point of view it is also necessary to face the link between forgiveness and punishment and between forgiveness and justice, asking oneself about the ethical sensibility of a possible and paradoxical where to forgive. The itinerary proposed here passes through the comparison with some of the most keen contemporary thinkers such as Jankélévitch, Derrida, Arendt, Ricoeur, Guardini, but also with witnesses of history who have reflected, with sometimes diametrically different perspectives, on their own experience and some of the tragic events of the twentieth century.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Ethics of forgiveness.
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)9788834339268
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Ethics
  • Etica
  • Forgiveness
  • Perdono


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