Faces of Forgiveness (Lima, 2018)


Faces of Forgiveness

Lima, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú & Lugar de la Memoria

November 21-23, 2018

The concept of “forgiveness” – naturally associated with the notions of responsibility, reconciliation, and justice — has lately become specially relevant in the context of transitional justice processes. However, even within its strict application according to the guidelines of International Law, the use of this concept is highly controversial, for it is unclear in what sense forgiveness can be a subject of collective decissions or agreements. Related processes such as amnesties and pardons are involved in similar controversies. Forgivenes is a profound and complex human experience, which shows different conceptual or metaphorical faces: it has not only the abovementioned legal face, but also a philosophical and theological one. Both of these disciplines exhibit vast theoretical traditions on the matter. These traditions have bestowed precious lessons upon us concerning the meaning and multiple dimensons associated with the experience of forgiveness. Furthermore, there is nowadays a more developed moral consciousness which forces us to consider the non-metaphorical but literal meaning of the faces of the victims of forgiveness.

In order to consider “Faces of Forgiveness”, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and COMIUCAP (World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy) invite all those interested to participate in an international conference to be held on November 21-23, 2018 at the PUCP Cultural Center and at the national museum LUM (“Lugar de la Memoria” / “Place of the Memory”). The event welcomes philosophers, lawyers, theologians and thinkers interested in peace, justice and reconciliation processes of our regions.

The Colloquium will count with the participation of the following foreign guests: Cathérine Chalier, French philosopher of the University of Nanterre, France; Francisco Cortés, philosopher of the University of Antioquia, Colombia; Francisco de Roux, president of the Truth Commission of Colombia; Vicente Durán, philosopher of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia and João Vila-Chã, philosopher and theologian of the Università Gregoriana and President of COMIUCAP. Many Peruvian specialists will also participate in the colloquium, among them philosophers, jurists, theologians, historians, psychoanalysts, anthropologists, writers and people who have lived in the flesh the process of restoring social bonds. [Program]