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Understanding, excusing, forgiving

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/9780199646555.003.0004
Understanding, excusing, forgiving

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What is the relationship between forgiving and understanding? A number of people have argued against the old adage that to understand is to forgive, for in many instances understanding leads to excusing rather than forgiving. Nonetheless, there is an interesting connection to be found between forgiving and understanding. This chapter identifies three ways in which understanding can lead to forgiveness of unexcused wrongdoing: It can do so by changing our interpretation of the actor, by changing our interpretation of the action, and by engaging self-love.

Keywords: forgiving; excusing; mitigating; justifying; understanding

Chapter.  8788 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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