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Glen Pettigrove

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646555.001.0001

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Unapologetic forgiveness

Unapologetic forgiveness

(p.104) 6 Unapologetic forgiveness
Forgiveness and Love

Glen Pettigrove

Oxford University Press

Whom may we forgive? A number of people have argued that only those who are sufficiently apologetic may be forgiven. This chapter considers three of the main arguments offered against forgiving the unapologetic, which are that it condones wrongdoing, expresses a lack of self-respect, or leads to bad consequences. Each of these arguments is found wanting. Along the way the analysis sheds light on the relationship between forgiveness and apology, trust, reconciliation, condonation, self-respect, and punishment.

Keywords:   forgiveness, apology, trust, reconciliation, condonation, self-respect, punishment

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