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Unapologetic forgiveness

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/9780199646555.003.0006
Unapologetic forgiveness

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Whom may we forgive? A number of people have argued that only those who are sufficiently apologetic may be forgiven. This chapter considers three of the main arguments offered against forgiving the unapologetic, which are that it condones wrongdoing, expresses a lack of self-respect, or leads to bad consequences. Each of these arguments is found wanting. Along the way the analysis sheds light on the relationship between forgiveness and apology, trust, reconciliation, condonation, self-respect, and punishment.

Keywords: forgiveness; apology; trust; reconciliation; condonation; self-respect; punishment

Chapter.  8932 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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