Hannah Arendt and collective forgiving

Journal of Social Philosophy 37 (4):483–500 (2006)
The paper explores the possibility of collectives forgiving and being forgiven. The first half of the paper articulates and amends Hannah Arendt’s account of forgiveness of and by individuals. The second half raises several objections to the possibility of extending this account to forgiveness of and by collectives. In reply, I argue that collectives can have emotions, be guilty, and meet other necessary conditions for forgiving or being forgiven. However, I explain why, even though collective forgiveness is possible, it may, nonetheless, prove dissatisfying.
Keywords Arendt  collective responsibility  forgiveness  collective emotion
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9833.2006.00353.x
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J. Angelo Corlett (2001). Collective Moral Responsibility. Journal of Social Philosophy 32 (4):573–584.
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