On Forgiveness

I chose the topic of forgiveness for this presentation. It was the subject of my very first philosophical essay, a very long one of 58 pages that I wrote between 1957 and 1959, between age 12 and 14. I had read (enthusiastically devoured) before a very profound but the most difficult work of Hildebrand, the Metaphysik der Gemeinschaft, and prior to that some works of Plato and some ethical and epistemological writings of Hildebrand, as well as some writings of Adolf Reinach.1 In what follows I will add little about forgiveness that is not


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