Paul Ricoeur's suggestion of forgiveness as therapy for the post-secular condition
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Taking a point of departure in theories which explain the relation between victimization and sacred groundings of community, the article relates to the recent and evolving literature on memory, forgiveness and reconciliation, reflecting on the need for a restoration of the potential which lies in memory and forgiveness. Of special importance are the theories of Habermas, Derrida and Ricoeur, which assert the necessity of memorizing the traumas of founding violence and creating a more conciliate climate. A common trait is a fuller affirmation of a post-secular agenda in humanities. While Habermas defends a communicative approach, Derrida will defend a deconstructive messianicity affirmative of religious hospitality. Ricoeur will defend a caritative approach: Confronting violence makes necessary an ethics of memory and forgetting where forgiveness sustained by love form a therapy for the post-secular epoch. Towards the end of the article we discuss this disagreement. Ricoeur’s approach suggests a middle way between Habermas and Derrida. Giving significance to Ricoeur’s theory of linguistification of the sacred through metaphor and speech-act, we learn that Christianity`s emphasis on gifted and incarnate mutuality, communicate a performative gesture indispensable for dialogue.
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