phil 120 forgiveness

The famous 20th century ethicist Emmanuel Levinas spoke of forgiveness as giving the offending other the possibility of living as though the injury had never been committed. With this view in mind we can make sense of Levinass often stated position that forgiving gives the offending other the possibility of having a future again. Unlike Levinas Griswold spends considerable time discussing the injured party and the benefits that accrue to the one who forgives. It is not the perpetrator alone who benefits from forgiveness. The act of forgiveness is a freeing of oneself from the terrible past; it is giving to oneself the possibility of another future one unencumbered by the injury of the past. Like so much good ‘science fiction this film Another Earth has little to do with fiction and even less to do with science. It is a story about us our ordinary lives and the intrusion of the terrible ‘thing’ that alters life radically and irrevocably. It is moreover a reflection on forgiveness and the possibility of living as though the terrible ‘thing’ never happened. Essay #1: In (2) double-spaced pages please respond to the following prompts: Requirements: 2 double spaced pages | .doc file Consider the (6) conditions Griswold discusses. Does Rhoda qualify for forgiveness according to this rubric? Explain. Be specific. Consider the (6) steps Griswold describes. Does John take any of these? Is he ever prepared to forgive Rhoda? Is there any good reason to think that forgiving is the best path forward? Explain. Be specific and be sure to consider Johns television interview as the film concludes. Consider the (6) conditions Griswold discusses. Does Rhoda qualify for forgiveness according to this rubric? Explain. Be specific.Consider the (6) steps Griswold describes. Does John take any of these? Is he ever prepared to forgive Rhoda? Is there any good reason to think that forgiving is the best path forward? Explain. Be specific and be sure to consider Johns television interview as the film concludes.

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