Moral Philosophy Seminar (Monday - Week 2, HT22)

Moral Philosophy Seminar

In this talk, I am going to argue that forgiveness can be owed to a wrongdoer but not demanded by them, and I will claim that this solves an aporia concerning forgiveness: namely that on the one hand forgiveness is grounded in reasons to forgive which can make forgiveness required, while on the other hand forgiveness remains what K E Løgstrup calls an ‘unforeseen event’ because it cannot be demanded. I will also show how Løgstrup’s ethics makes this combination of a demand without a demander possible. I will first set out the aporia and then show how Logstrup’s approach can resolve it.


Moral Philosophy Seminar Convenor: Jeremy Fix