"Forgiveness and Retribution: Responding to Wrongdoing argues that ultimately, forgiveness is always the appropriate response to wrongdoing. In recent decades, many philosophers have claimed that unless certain conditions are met, we should resent those who have wronged us personally and that criminal offenders deserve to be punished. Conversely, Margaret Holmgren posits that we should forgive those who have ill-treated us, but only after working through a process of addressing the wrong. Holmgren then reflects on the kinds of laws and social practices a properly forgiving society would adopt"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-285) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction and overview The nature of forgiveness and resentment The moral analysis of the attitudes of forgiveness and resentment The moral analysis of the attitudes of self-forgiveness and self-condemnation Philosophical underpinnings of the basic attitudes Moral theory: justice and desert The public response to wrongdoing Restorative justice: the public response to wrongdoing and the process of addressing the wrong.
BJ1476 .H65 2012
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press,