Professor Ryan is a senior research fellow, Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, Oxford University, and a member of Merton College, Oxford. For many years he taught at the University of Oregon, in both its philosophy department and law school, where he co-founded its program in conflict resolution. His current research is on non-violence and pacifism, but he has long been interested in the nature of forgiveness and its role in our political lives.
Presentation title: The Text of Hope: The Role of Forgiveness in Political Reconciliation
Abstract: What role does forgiveness play in political reconciliation? Is it just a pragmatic tool, or does it provide a radically new way of envisioning our relations with one another? Discussions of restorative and transitional justice have conceived it in both ways. I will explore these issues by reflecting on the different ways that forgiveness has been conceived, and how it relates to different conceptions of political reconciliation. Both practical and theoretical questions will be addressed.