Relationship Issues: Forgiveness and Promising According to Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derrida

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http://hdl.handle.net/10756/605995
Title:
Relationship Issues: Forgiveness and Promising According to Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derrida
Authors:
Ratzlaff, Caleb
Abstract:
In retrospect this learning experience lead me to two conclusions. First, the way we hold someone responsible must reflect the openness and vulnerability of the actor and those to whom she relates. What we do when we hold someone responsible, administering a sentence, for example, must respond to the unending process of interaction and transformation that defines the human person in intersubjective life. This essentially describes the meaning and limits of holding someone responsible. The second lesson was more directly addressed in this thesis. It concerns the idea that the uncertain and vulnerable characteristics of the self that accompany our transformability, are not simply detriments to responsibility. Rather, the uncertain nature of a self as it exists in relationship with others is a condition of meaningfulness, responsibility, and love. As a condition of responsibility, our finitude calls for the sustaining ethical practices of promises and forgiveness. Uncertainty, even in its greatest manifestations as birth and death, is something we can embrace.
Advisors:
Hoff, Shannon
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Ratzlaff, Caleb. Relationship Issues: Forgiveness and Promising According to Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derrida. Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 2015.
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
31-Aug-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/605995
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975; Derrida, Jacques; Forgiveness; Responsibility; Love; Meaning (Philosophy); Relationships
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This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Master of Arts (Philosophy)
Appears in Collections:
Masters Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorHoff, Shannonen
dc.contributor.authorRatzlaff, Caleben
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T17:52:06Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T17:52:06Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08-31en
dc.identifier.citationRatzlaff, Caleb. Relationship Issues: Forgiveness and Promising According to Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derrida. Toronto: Institute for Christian Studies, 2015.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/605995en
dc.description.abstractIn retrospect this learning experience lead me to two conclusions. First, the way we hold someone responsible must reflect the openness and vulnerability of the actor and those to whom she relates. What we do when we hold someone responsible, administering a sentence, for example, must respond to the unending process of interaction and transformation that defines the human person in intersubjective life. This essentially describes the meaning and limits of holding someone responsible. The second lesson was more directly addressed in this thesis. It concerns the idea that the uncertain and vulnerable characteristics of the self that accompany our transformability, are not simply detriments to responsibility. Rather, the uncertain nature of a self as it exists in relationship with others is a condition of meaningfulness, responsibility, and love. As a condition of responsibility, our finitude calls for the sustaining ethical practices of promises and forgiveness. Uncertainty, even in its greatest manifestations as birth and death, is something we can embrace.en
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dc.subjectArendt, Hannah, 1906-1975en
dc.subjectDerrida, Jacquesen
dc.subjectForgivenessen
dc.subjectResponsibilityen
dc.subjectLoveen
dc.subjectMeaning (Philosophy)en
dc.subjectRelationshipsen
dc.titleRelationship Issues: Forgiveness and Promising According to Hannah Arendt and Jacques Derridaen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen
dc.type.degreetitleMaster of Arts (Philosophy)en
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