Forgiveness: a critical appraisal

Piet J. Verhagen

in Trauma, Truth and Reconciliation

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Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780198569435
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754449 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Forgiveness: a critical appraisal

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In our inquiry after constructs, models and definitions of forgiveness, and evidence for its usefulness and meaningfulness, we found a highly adequate relational model of forgiveness. Its efficacy is that it is free of contradiction and that it is able to unify a mixture of moral, psychological, and social-psychological elements in a coherent way. It most certainly has the potential to offer congruence between theory and practice, through which it is a relevant model. As such, it has a certain simplicity or elegance in that it can shed light on various aspects of granting and seeking forgiveness.

Chapter.  10898 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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