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After InjuryA Historical Anatomy of Forgiveness, Resentment, and Apology$
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Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851972.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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After Injury
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Ashraf H.A. Rushdy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851972.003.0001

This chapter argues that the sequence of moral practices that follow in the wake of an injury—resentment at injury, apology for injury, and forgiveness of injury—can be best understood in a work that treats all three practices as an ensemble. It also argues that we can appreciate the contemporary debates over these practices by identifying important historical moments in each of their evolutions and discerning what those moments reveal about the practice in question. Instead of attempting to define the practices by identifying what are the restrictive conditions it must meet, philosophers might examine the historical development of each practice and see what dialectic tensions were in place in a key moment of contestation about its meaning.

Keywords:   forgiveness, resentment, apology, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nickel Mines Amish, Charleston shooting, moral practice

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