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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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What is Forgiveness?

What is Forgiveness?

(p.9) One What is Forgiveness?
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

In considering forgiveness as one possible response to evil, this chapter first provides conceptual clarity on the terms “evil” and “forgiveness”. In analyzing the concept of evil, two aspects are attended to: the nature of actions performed, and the characters of the person performing the action. After setting the ground on this discussion of forgiveness, the chapter begins its analysis of forgiveness by citing Bishop Butler's idea of forgiveness as a moral virtue, an essential matter of the heart, inner self, and that which involves a change in inner feeling rather than a change in external action. Furthermore, differentiating forgiveness from other responses to wrongdoings such as justification, excuse, mercy, and reconciliation is presented as well.

Keywords:   evil, forgiveness, Bishop Butler, justification, reconciliation, mercy, excuse

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