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Getting EvenForgiveness and Its Limits$
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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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Responding to Evil

(p.3) Introduction
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

The issue of “How ought one respond to evil?” is a gray area for many. Depending on the gravity of wrongdoing incurred, response to evil differs in each individual. In American society, the majority believe in Judeo-Christianity ethics, thus, that society highly respects the idea of forgiveness as an important moral value. However, it is this same society that supports unusual harsh mechanisms of criminal punishment. This chapter aims to provide a philosophical overview on the book's exploration of the nature and value of revenge, forgiveness, repentance, and the role of religious values over it.

Keywords:   evil, American society, Judeo-Christianity, forgiveness, religious values

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