Forgiveness and Revenge is a powerful exploration of our attitudes to serious wrongdoings and a careful examination of the values that underlie our thinking about revenge and forgiveness.
Forgiveness and Revenge is a powerful exploration of our attitudes to serious wrongdoings and a careful examination of the values that underlie our thinking about revenge and forgiveness.From adulterous spouses to terrorist factions, we are surrounded by wrongdoing, yet we rarely agree which response is appropriate. The problem of how to respond realistically and sensitively to the wrongs of the past remains a perplexing one. Trudy Govier clarifies our thinking on this subject by examining the moral and practical impact of revenge and forgiveness, both personal and political.Forgiveness and Revenge offers much-needed clarity and reason where emotions often prevail. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the ethics of attitudes to wrongdoing.
Table of Contents
Revenge and retribution 1 (22)
Some Political horrors 23 (19)
Resentment and forgiveness 42 (20)
One-sided forgiveness? 62 (16)
Can groups forgive? 78 (22)
The Unforgivable 100(19)
Monstrous deeds, not monstrous people 119(22)
Forgiveness and reconciliation 141(17)
Appendix I Religious traditions on forgiveness 158(6)
Appendix II Respect for persons as an ethical 164(5)