Chapter

I forgive you

Glen Pettigrove

in Forgiveness and Love

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646555
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741975 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646555.003.0001
I forgive you

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What is involved in forgiving? The chapter takes its bearings from an analysis of situations in which a person might sincerely say, ‘I forgive you.’ Approaching the issue from this angle draws attention to features of forgiveness that have often been overlooked by philosophers and psychologists writing on the topic. There are at least three different things that someone might think she is doing with such an utterance. She might think she is disclosing an emotional condition, cancelling a debt, or committing herself to a future course of action. The chapter explores each of these possibilities and argues that the first and third are especially important for our understanding of forgiveness.

Keywords: forgiveness; speech-acts; debt cancellation; emotion; commitment

Chapter.  9013 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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