The Standing to Forgive


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Dean of the Chapel Lecture


Dr. Pettigrove is a Lecturer at the Massey University School of History, Philosophy and Classics in New Zealand. He completed his doctorate at the University of California, Riverside, and his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. His areas of specialization are in Ethics and Social & Political Philosophy. In his writing, he has explored the ethics of forgiveness. He is interested in the recent extension of the language of a pology and forgiveness from interpersonal contexts to relations between collective agents. Calls for nations and corporations to apologize and make reparations for decades-old, sometimes centuries-old deeds reveal interesting changes in contemporary under standings both of legitimate political action and of moral responsibility more generally. Dr. Pettigrove believes that the broad implications of these changes for political theory and for public policy make the need for a careful study of political forgiveness pressing.

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