Four Thought - Don't Apologise (2011)

Jonathan Sumption discusses modern apologies for historical events. Starting with Tony Blair's apology for the Irish potato famine and Pope John Paul II's 94 such apologies, he argues that the trend is turning into a tide. He argues that such apologies rely on a concept of inherited guilt, and asks whether the benefits ever outweigh the serious moral and philosophical objections.Four Thought combines big ideas and evocative storytelling in a series of personal viewpoints - speakers take to the stage ready to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society. Recorded live at the RSA in London, these talks are unscripted, thought-provoking and entertaining, with a personal dimension. First broadcast in 2011.

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