The Dante Debate 2: Repentance and Forgiveness


Video Video

Presented by the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana (LDA), in collaboration with Sacro (a Community Justice Voluntary Organisation), The Howard League for Penal Reform (a Penal Reform charity), and Glasgow Life.

2.00pm – 3.00pm, Sunday 29 April 2012 – Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Free and open to the public.

Is anything unforgiveable? What are the limits of forgiveness? Does redemption require suffering?

The second LDA Dante Debate discusses repentance and forgiveness, with Dante’s Purgatory as the starting point for comparison and discussion of our views today.

The panel

John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St Andrews.

Marina Shaw, Project Manager of Families Affected by Parental Imprisonment Team at Circle, Board member of The Howard League for Penal Reform Scotland.

David Sinclair, Head of Communications & Fundraising for Victim Support Scotland, previously a national newspaper journalist.

Robert Wilson, Lecturer in Italian at the University of St Andrews, co-organiser of the Lectura Dantis Andreapolitana, researches and teaches on Dante.

You… Anyone attending the discussion may participate – ask any questions, or share their thoughts on the subject.

Like his Hell, Dante’s Purgatory is very precisely organised, including a gradation of sins. However the souls here are the repentant and they undergo a process of purgation, of moral reform leading to perfection. These souls still suffer, but they do do so willingly in the knowledge that through their punishments they are moving towards Heaven as they ascend the mountain of Purgatory.

Each member of our panel will present a particular perspective on sin and repentance, punishment and forgiveness, moral reform redemption, based on their particular expertise, knowledge and experience. Then the floor will be open to the public for any questions, views, or observations.

This event is complementary to the LDA lecture series. The second of two discussion sessions, it is focused on Dante’s Purgatorio.

In collaboration with:

Circle - Supporting families in ScotlandVictim Support ScotlandHoward League ScotlandGlasgow Museums

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