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Getting EvenForgiveness and Its Limits$

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178555.001.0001

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Works That Have Particularly Influenced My Thinking

Works That Have Particularly Influenced My Thinking

Getting Even
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Bibliography references:

Marilyn Adams, “Forgiveness: A Christian Model,” Faith and Philosophy 8, 1991

. This essay criticizes some of my early work on forgiveness and caused me to view with much greater sympathy the Christian perspective on forgiveness.

Joseph Butler, Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel (especially Sermon VIII—“Upon Resentment”—and Sermon IX—“Upon Forgiveness of Injuries”)

. These sermons were first published in 1726. Unfortunately, there is no complete edition currently in print. However, they are usually easy to find in libraries and (I have been told) a complete edition will soon appear from Liberty Press.

Thomas E. Hill, Jr., “Servility and Self Respect,” Monist 57, January, 1973

. One moral philosopher who has greatly influenced my thinking is Immanuel Kant. Tom Hill is one of the most distinguished contemporary philosophical commentators on Kant, and his essay on servility and self-respect pursues a Kantian analysis in language of far, far greater clarity than Kant's own.

(p.121) Aurel Kolnai, “Forgiveness,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 74, 1973–74.

Peter Strawson, “Freedom and Resentment,” Proceedings of the British Academy, 1962. Reprinted in Freedom and Resentment and Other Essays (London: Methuen, 1974).

P.Twambley, “Mercy and Forgiveness,” Analysis 36, 1976.

Simon Wiesenthal, The Sunflower, Revised and Expanded Edition (New York: Schocken Books, 1997)

. Wiesenthal tells the story of a dying Nazi who asks a Jewish prisoner to forgive him for the atrocities in which the Nazi participated. This powerful story—raising many deep questions—is followed by brief essays from various writers (philosophers, theologians, novelists, etc.) who address in different ways the question “Should the Jewish prisoner offer forgiveness to this person in these circumstances?”