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Sophia, Colección de Filosofía de la Educación

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MILLAN-GHISLERI, Elda  and  AHEDO-RUIZ, Josu. Anthropological perspective of forgiveness from Hannah Arendt and Leonardo Polo. Sophia [online]. 2023, n.34, pp.65-86. ISSN 1390-8626.

Forgiveness has been studied in recent years from different perspectives. The interest in this topic is explained by the need to address personal and interpersonal development strategies. The various approaches that have been made so far do not allow a full understanding of forgiveness. Therefore, the objective of this article is to show the anthropological foundation of forgiveness from Hannah Arendt and Leonardo Polo, as well as the educational repercussions that this virtue has on personal growth. Forgiveness, understood as a virtue, takes special relevance and it is highlighted not only as a repairing action, but also as regenerator of the person. A bibliographic search is made of the main contemporary authors that understand it so, assuming both interpretations -repairing and regenerating- among whom are Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida and Emmanuel Levinas. The work delves into Hannah Arendt’s proposal and Leonardo Polo’s transcendental anthropology due to the interest of his contributions in this regard and the educational repercussions that they suggest around personal development with the acquisition of virtue: the thought of both authors suggests the conception of forgiveness as a virtue that contributes to personal growth and favours interpersonal relationships.

Keywords : Forgiveness; virtue; Hannah Arendt; Leonardo Polo; anthropology; education.

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