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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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Two Cheers for Vindictiveness

Two Cheers for Vindictiveness

(p.17) Two Two Cheers for Vindictiveness
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

Some essential values could be compromised if one overcomes vindictiveness in hasty forgiveness. This argument is defended in this chapter as the chapter illustrates the rationality and moral legitimacy of the passion of vindictiveness. This part focuses on which category should vindictiveness belong to—among those passions that no morally decent person would willingly retain or among those that bring moral credit to the person who possesses them. Criticisms regarding vindictiveness are also examined. However, the chapter finds these arguments weak in establishing the irrationality or immorality of it therefore justifying that vindictive passions can legitimately be attributed to sane and virtuous individuals.

Keywords:   vindictiveness, morally decent person, moral credit, irrationality, immorality, vindictive passions

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