Charles L. Griswold

Borden Parker Bowne Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences

Before coming to Boston University in 1991, Charles Griswold taught at Howard University. He has held visiting appointments at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2004) and Yale University (1996, as Olmsted Visiting Professor). His teaching and research address various themes, figures, and historical periods.

Griswold is author of a number of books and articles. His Forgiveness: a Philosophical Exploration was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press in paperback and hardback. “Author meets critics” panels on the book were held at a 2008 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, and at a 2oo8 meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association.  A conference occasioned by the book took place at the University of Oslo in April of 2008.

Griswold is co-editor, with David Konstan, of Ancient Forgiveness: Classical, Judaic, and Christian (Cambridge University Press, 2012). This book is a collection of essays by leading scholars on the nature and scope of classical (both Greek and Roman) as well as early Christian and Judaic conceptions of forgiveness (related notions such as mercy, clemency, pardon, excuse, and the like are also discussed).

He is currently writing about Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith.