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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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(p.57) Six Self-Forgiveness
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

Forgiveness is complex in nature. It is in this nature that forgiveness should be defined in accordance to the actual texture of one's moral life which is to think of it as overcoming a variety of negative feelings toward the wrongdoer. This chapter provides a description of what self-forgiveness is about and then examines the circumstances on which self-forgiveness can be considered good. Also, the chapter explores how forgiveness from one's victim can bring about self-forgiveness to the wrongdoer. A brief argument on Hampton's concept of self-hatred and how this relates to self-forgiveness is presented as well.

Keywords:   forgiveness, moral life, wrongdoer, self-forgiveness, Hampton, self-hatred

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