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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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Repentance, Punishment, and Mercy

Repentance, Punishment, and Mercy

(p.39) Five Repentance, Punishment, and Mercy
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

The focus of this chapter is to examine the concept of repentance in contemporary thinking and realities. To facilitate such an objective, a detailed analysis of repentance is discussed. Its relation to criminal punishment as well as its moral and legal status and the role it plays in granting mercy are also observed. The chapter concludes by referring to the issue of collective repentance and how the community generally creates a social environment that destabilizes the growth of virtuous character, thus making temptations to crime greater.

Keywords:   repentance, criminal punishment, mercy, collective repentance, community

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