Philosophy Department to hold two-day workshop on ethics of forgiveness, revenge

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By: Maura Driscoll '15

The Department of Philosophy, with support of the Spencer-Leavitt Fund, is hosting a two-day Workshop on the Ethics of Forgiveness and Revenge from May 22-23, which will consist of six talks by leading theorists.

All talks will be held in Everest Lounge and the events will run from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Krisianna Scheiter at

Speakers include:

Nick Smith
“The Relationship between Apologies, Forgiveness and Punishment”

Macalester Bell
“Forgiving the Dead”

Paul Hughes
“Two Cheers for Forgiveness (and even fewer for Revenge)”

Whitley Kaufman
“Why Punishment is a Form of Revenge, and Why That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing”

Tamler Sommers
“The Three ‘R’s: Retribution, Reparation and Revenge”

Peter French
“Thoughts on Virtuous Vengeance”