Philosophy and Praxis of Forgiveness and Reconciliation (563)

Hizkias Assefa

Analyze the personal, social, political, and spiritual dimensions of reconciliation and forgiveness in peacemaking and peacebuilding. Explore the place these concepts occupy in conflict-handling mechanisms from philosophical, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives. You will discuss how reconciliation and forgiveness have been used for healing interpersonal relationships and addressing large-scale social conflicts (political, inter-ethnic or international).

The main emphasis of the course is on social conflicts, but the personal, psychological, spiritual and ecological dimensions of forgiveness and reconciliation and their interrelationships with one another will also be explored. You will engage in extensive personal reflection and group simulation designed to illuminate the possibilities and complexities of forgiveness and reconciliation in deeply divided societies.

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