Forgiveness and grace

Glen Pettigrove

in Forgiveness and Love

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646555
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741975 | DOI:
Forgiveness and grace

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One reason — not discussed in Chapter 6 — for thinking that only those who are sufficiently apologetic should be forgiven is the thought forgiveness should be merited or deserved. This chapter responds to that thought. It argues that the tendency to link forgiveness to conditions of desert ends up excluding an important dimension of forgiveness, viz., its connection with grace. It begins by offering an account of the virtue of grace, a topic which has received even less attention from contemporary moral philosophers than has forgiveness. Gracious forgiveness is then defended against those who wish to make forgiveness conditional upon merit.

Keywords: grace; forgiveness; merit; desert; fitting emotions; virtue

Chapter.  12910 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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