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Remorse: The Origins of a Moral Idea

23 mar 2017 14:10 - 15:30
Faculty of Arts
Charles University
Jan Palach Square 2
116 38 Prague 1

Lecture by David Konstan, Paris IAS fellow


It is commonly supposed that the interrelated notions of guilt, remorse, penitence, and forgiveness are specific to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Did the Greeks and Romans in the pre-Christian era have a concept of remorse? If not, when and how did it arise? The problem is complicated because there was no change in terminology; rather, old terms were invested with new meanings. In this talk, I argue that Christianity did indeed introduce new nuances in the classical terms, but that remorse as we know is not in fact Biblical but was a product of subsequent interpretation by the Church Fathers.

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