Now, a new book that investigates the art of apology

March 16th, 2008 - 1:28 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Mar 16 (ANI): Apologies pervade our private affairs, but their authenticity mostly remains a question mark. Now, an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire has provided a provocative look at the art of the apology in his new book.

Nick Smiths I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies discusses numerous examples from ancient and recent history to explain the books motive.

Smith argues that we suffer from considerable confusion about the moral meanings and social functions of these complex interactions.

Rather than asking whether an apology is genuine, Smith offers a theory of apologetic meaning.

He argues that apologies have evolved from diverse cultural and religious practices that do not translate easily into pluralistic secular discourse.

After describing several varieties of apologies between individuals, Smith turns to collectives. Although apologies from corporations, governments, and other groups can be profoundly significant, Smith warns of the dangers of collective acts of contrition that allow individual wrongdoers to obscure their personal blame. (ANI)

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