The “Unappeasable” Vladimir Jankélévitch in the Light of His Pardonner?


This paper is an analysis of the text entitled Pardonner?, published in 1971 by the French philosopher Vladimir Jankélévitch. This paper is, to a certain extent, a counterpoint, to Jankélévitch’s earlier writing, Le Pardon (1967). This earlier publication is a calm indicative, while the later publication poses a question: Pardonner? Of course, this latter is not a suspension of what had been written before, but it shows that the creative yes of forgiveness can easily be made irrational and, thus, questionable by a lack of repentance, the tormentor’s arrogance which leads him to think he is indeed worthy of the immeasurable gift offered to him by the victim.

Bibliographic reference

Visky Sándor Béla: The “Unappeasable” Vladimir Jankélévitch in the Light of His Pardonner?. In: Református Szemle 111.1 (2018), 36--46