EVENT: Workshop on “The Im/Possibility of Forgiveness in Modern Jewish Thought” (November 14-15, 2021)

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Please join us for a Workshop on “The Im/Possibility of Forgiveness in Modern Jewish Thought” at the University of Toronto.

Sunday, November 14th, 11:00am to 4:30pm
Monday, November 15th, 2:00pm-5:30pm (Keynote panel: 4:00pm-5:30pm)

All the times are Toronto time (Eastern Standard Time or EST).

This is a virtual event, which will take place via Zoom. There are two links to the workshop…

To access Sessions 1-4 (sessions 1-3 on Sunday and session 4 on Monday), copy and paste the following link into your browser:

To access the Keynote Panel on Monday at 4pm, copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82318855989?pwd=YjJVZFR5UFJjSTNCbjVPNSt4SXBKQT09

Workshop Description:
The concept of forgiveness is central to Jewish life. It has inspired much philosophical reflection and still provokes many questions. How can we forgive someone who has wronged us? Are we obligated to do so? Does forgiveness require repentance? Are there actions that are unforgiveable? Any question about forgiveness is related to other important ones concerning atonement, mercy, and justice. These questions have also been considered by other philosophical and religious traditions, which in turn have influenced Judaism. Inspired by a conference of French-Jewish intellectuals in the early 1960s, who gathered to consider the possibility of forgiveness after the Holocaust, we are revisiting these questions in this workshop. Conference participants will consider different answers to these questions from a variety of philosophical perspectives within modern Jewish thought. Some papers will examine and reevaluate the debates among French-Jewish thinkers in the 1960s, others will look at earlier and current discussions.

Workshop Schedule

DAY ONE: Sunday, November 14th

Session 1, 11:00am-12:30pm EST - (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520206614?pwd=aFVlNVBETm94dE1mUFlaN3B5ZnFXQT09)

Benjamin Pollock (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): "Shame, Confession, and the Forgiveness of the Self in Rosenzweig's Account of Revelation.'

Christian Wiese (Goethe-University Frankfurt): TBD

Moderator: Bob Gibbs (University of Toronto)

Session 2, 1:00-2:30pm EST - (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520206614?pwd=aFVlNVBETm94dE1mUFlaN3B5ZnFXQT09)

Sol Goldberg (University of Toronto): "Antisemitism and Forgiveness"

Michael Morgan (Indiana University): “Levinas and the Interpersonal Context for Forgiveness”

Moderator: Reinier Munk (VU University of Amsterdam)

Session 3, 3:00-4:30 EST - (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520206614?pwd=aFVlNVBETm94dE1mUFlaN3B5ZnFXQT09)

Dylan Shaul (University of Toronto): “Derrida on Forgiving the Unforgivable: Forgiveness Terminable and Interminable”

Alexandra Zirkle (University of Buffalo): “Forgiveness, Atonement, and Apotheosis: Crafting Modern Jewish Thought through the Language of Sacrifice”

Moderator: Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University)

DAY TWO: Monday, November 15th -

Session 4, 2:00-3:30pm EST - (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89520206614?pwd=aFVlNVBETm94dE1mUFlaN3B5ZnFXQT09)

Judah Isseroff (Princeton University): “Arendt’s Jewish Jesus: Forgiveness in the Gospels, the Mishnah, and The Human Condition”

Michael Rosenthal (University of Toronto): “Agency, Sin, and the Spinozistic Paradox of Forgiveness”

Moderator: Meirav Jones (McMaster University)

KEYNOTE PANEL: Monday, November 15th from 4:00pm-5:30pm EST - (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82318855989?pwd=YjJVZFR5UFJjSTNCbjVPNSt4SXBKQT09)

Ynon Wygoda (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): "Can Forgiveness Oscillate? Jankélévitch Revisited"

Ori Werdiger (University of Toronto): "Léon Askenazi on forgiving God, perpetrators, and victims”

Moderator: Michael Rosenthal (University of Toronto)

The event is supported by the Grafstein Professorship in Jewish Philosophy.

You can also find the program here: https://philosophy.utoronto.ca/event/the-im-possibility-of-forgiveness-i....

For more information, please contact Michael Rosenthal at m.rosenthal@utoronto.ca.