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Apologies as Remedies/Apologies as Weapons

Apologies as Remedies/Apologies as Weapons
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Oct 20th, 3:30 pm End: Oct 20th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Humanities, Ethics, 2000-
Lecture by Nick Smith, University of New Hampshire

The Centre for Ethics and the Jackman Humanities Institute present

Apologies as Remedies/Apologies as Weapons

A C4E Public Lecture by

Nick Smith
Professor of Philosophy & Department Chair
University of New Hampshire

Apologies pervade our news headlines and our private affairs, but how should we evaluate these complex rituals? An apology can save a marriage, salvage a career, reduce settlement damages by millions, shave years off of criminal sentences, or even prevent a war. Whether from a child nudged to apologize to a sibling or an offender expressing remorse in hopes of avoiding execution, expressions of contrition can convey meaning across many different kinds of value and we suffer from considerable confusion about the moral meanings and social functions of these interactions.

Beyond apologies from individuals, collective apologies add layers of intricacy and policy implications. If an executive publicly apologizes for a faulty product while corporate counsel simultaneously denies wrongdoing and obscures personal responsibility of anyone in the organization, how does this correspond to common expectations that accepting blame and changing behavior are cornerstones of good apologies? If a head of state draws attention to and apologizes for the offenses of a previous administration and provides only symbolic redress, how should we understand the value of such political theater?

Eventbrite - Apologies as Remedies/Apologies as Weapons (w/ Nick Smith)


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288


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