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Forgoing Forgiveness

Bill Puka

in Before Forgiving

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145205.003.0008
Forgoing Forgiveness

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This chapter presents several alternatives to forgiveness. It also describes several alternatives and better paths toward forgetting, mental health, and reconciliation. The ethical concerns include exploitation, unresponsiveness, presumption and hegemony. The presented alternatives are planned to be less limited in scope and appeal than forgiveness. Thus they start with an edge. Four alternatives are noted — ranging from minimalist to lush. It is shown that Focus Partnering yields two main sets of advantages that forgiveness cannot claim. First, unlike unilateral forgiveness, it meets all the expectations and responsibilities of just regard and deserts, allowing the requisite rights and liberties to be exercised. Second, the Focus Partnering alternative to forgiveness permits the covering of a full range of pressing concerns, especially major ethical concerns.

Keywords: forgiveness; forgetting; mental health; reconciliation; Focus Partnering

Chapter.  8178 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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