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Forgiveness and Repentance: The Experience of Jean Améry

Keywords: J. Amery , J. Derrida , Repentance , Forgiveness

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Jacques Derrida has suggested that forgiveness be understood as the unforgivable: in order for forgiveness to be pure, its object must be the unforgivable. Furthermore, he states that no conditions should be imposed on granting forgiveness. The article seeks to show that this purity has to be forgone since the offender has to repent and ask for forgiveness, in order for a victim to forgive. The article also examines the monstrous as the object of forgiveness, using the case of Jean Améry as an example.

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