This chapter briefly recounts the elements of a categorical apology articulated in my I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies in order to consider two difficulties facing collective apologies such as those offered by nations and corporations. While collective apologies can convey profound meaning, I argue that problems related to standing and consensus, in addition to other challenges, often seriously undermine the value of collective apologies.

Public Apology between Ritual and Regret

Symbolic Excuses on False Pretenses or True Reconciliation out of Sincere Regret?

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