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- DescriptionPhilosopher Vladimir Jankelevitch has only recently begun to receive his due from the English-speaking world, thanks in part to discussions of his thought by Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas, and Paul Ricoeur. His international readers have long valued his unique, interdisciplinary approach to philosophy's greatest questions and his highly readable writing style. Originally published in 1967, Le Pardon , or Forgiveness , is one of Jankelevitch's most influential works. In it, he characterizes the ultimate ethical act of forgiving as behaving toward the perpetrator as if he or she had never committed the action, rather than merely forgetting or rationalizing it - a controversial tion when considering events as heius as the Holocaust. Like so many of Jankelevitch's works, Forgiveness transcends standard treatments of moral problems, t simply generating a treatise on one subject but incorporating discussions of topics such as free will, giving, creativity, and temporality. Translator Andrew Kelley masterfully captures Jankelevitch's melodic prose and, in a substantive introduction, reviews his life and intellectual contributions. Forgiveness is an essential part of that legacy, and this indispensable English translation provides key tools for understanding one of the great Western philosophers of the twentieth century.
- Author BiographyVladimir Jankelevitch (1903-85) held the chair in moral philosophy at the Sorbonne from 1951 to 1978. He is the author of more than twenty books on philosophy and music, including the recently translated Music and the Ineffable. Andrew Kelley is associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois. He is also the translator of Josef Popper Lynkeus's The Individual and the Value of Human Life.
- Author(s)Vladimir Jankelevitch
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication22/03/2013
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight272 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Translated byAndrew Kelley
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