Theology and Philosophy
2011 Simone Weil Lecture
Prof Kevin Hart FAHA “On Forgiveness: Narrative and Lyrical”
About Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart FAHA is Eric D'Arcy Professor of Philosophy at ACU, and Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies at University of Virginia. Kevin is a philosopher, a theologian and a poet of international renown. Among his books are The Trespass of the Sign: Deconstruction, Theology, and Philosophy (Fordham UP), The Exorbitant: Emmanuel Levinas between Jews and Christians (Fordham UP), The Dark Gaze: Maurice Blanchot and the Sacred (Chicago UP) and Counter-Experiences: Reading Jean-Luc Marion (Notre Dame UP). He co-edits the series "Thresholds" for Notre Dame UP and edits a series on phenomenology and theology for Northwestern UP. He sits on the comité scientifique of the works of Emmanuel Lévinas (Grasset). His poetry includes Flame Tree: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) and the recently published Morning Knowledge (Notre Dame UP). Several new scholarly and poetic works are forthcoming.
A common view of forgiveness involves the idea that it happens spontaneously; it is personal, immediate, a gift, miraculous, without reason. There is much to be said for this view, which I call "lyrical forgiveness". However, reflection on moral problems of forgiveness leads one to counter-examples that call forth another perspective, one that I call "narrative forgiveness". In what ways is forgiveness embedded in narratives, both personal and inter-personal? How does a narrative approach to forgiveness allow us to understand better the nature of forgiving and the need to forgive?
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