Getting Even Forgiveness and Its Limits

ISBN-10: 0195178556
ISBN-13: 9780195178555
Edition: 2005
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Description: In this short and accessible book, distinguished philosopher and law professor Jeffrie Murphy proposes that vindictive emotions (anger, resentment, and the desire for revenge) actually deserve a more legitimate place in our emotional, social, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/9/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 8.11" wide x 5.51" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

In this short and accessible book, distinguished philosopher and law professor Jeffrie Murphy proposes that vindictive emotions (anger, resentment, and the desire for revenge) actually deserve a more legitimate place in our emotional, social, and legal lives than we currently recognize, while forgiveness deserves to be more selectively granted. Murphy grounds his views on careful analysis of the nature of forgiveness, a subtle understanding of the psychology of anger and resentment, and a fine appreciation of the ethical issues of self-respect and self-defense. He also uses accessible examples from law, literature, and religion to make his points. Providing a nuanced approach to a proper understanding of the place of our strongest emotions in moral, political, and personal life, and using lucid, easily understood prose, this volume is a classic example of philosophical thinking applied to a thorny, everyday problem.

Introduction: Responding to Evil
What Is Forgiveness?
Two Cheers for Vindictiveness
Vindictiveness and the Law
Forgiveness as a Virtue
Repentance, Punishment, and Mercy
Self-Forgiveness
Forgiveness in Psychotheraphy
Forgiveness and Christianity
Christianity and Criminal Punishment
Concluding Remarks
Further Reading
Index

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