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On forgiveness and reconciliation: learning and growing in our human abilities for peace


18:30 - 20:30
Sep 21st 2018

To celebrate the International Day of Peace, we are hosting an evening with Juanma Robles, PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace.

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To celebrate the International Day of Peace, we are hosting an evening with Juanma Robles, who has a PhD in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, held by the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace at the Jaume I University in Spain.

Forgiveness is a mysterious and complex concept. It is difficult to define because it is part of popular culture and has different connotations depending on the context in which it is used. It is one of those topics that researchers from varying fields have been studying in recent years, precisely because forgiveness places itself within different disciplines. Therefore, to grasp some of its different implications it is helpful to approach forgiveness from multiple perspectives such as philosophical, psychological, political or theological. Combining the findings of these perspectives we will see that human forgiveness can be adequate to face wrongs.

We will assume that forgiveness is a human ability for peace such as tenderness or care, which although imperfect, can be learnt and developed, because in the same way that we have learnt to hurt each other, we can learn to forgive and being forgiven. In other words, human beings can forgive each other horizontally if they want, having access to a sort of imperfect peace by doing so, and to an optional reconciliation if both parts want to reconcile; although reconciling would not be advisable for victims until their offenders repent of their wrongs.

Since we live in a world where we easily offend and are offended by others, forgiveness will be a human ability worthy to explore if we want to live in peace and we want to contribute to build more peaceful societies.