Forgiveness and Love

Paperback | April 2, 2016

byGlen Pettigrove

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What is forgiveness? When is it appropriate? How is it encouraged or inhibited? Answering these questions one way rather than another can alter our lives and our relationships in dramatic ways. If we think that forgiveness is or involves a passion that we experience but over which we havelittle control, then we will respond to it differently than if we think forgiving is something we choose to do or refrain from doing. If we think forgiveness involves restoring a relationship, then we will treat it differently than if we think it merely a matter of managing our emotions. If we thinkforgiveness is something that must be earned or deserved then we will not even consider forgiving certain agents; whereas if we think it is something that can be freely given, then forgiving these agents may become a live option. Glen Pettigrove explores the nature and norms of forgiveness, drawing attention to important dimensions that have been neglected by other discussions of the topic. He highlights the significance of character, both of the forgiver and of the forgiven, for common perspectives on what forgiveness isand when it is appropriate. Pettigrove explores the relationship between forgiving, understanding, and loving. And he revives a virtue that has too long been neglected: namely, grace.

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What is forgiveness? When is it appropriate? How is it encouraged or inhibited? Answering these questions one way rather than another can alter our lives and our relationships in dramatic ways. If we think that forgiveness is or involves a passion that we experience but over which we havelittle control, then we will respond to it diffe...

Glen Pettigrove is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland. He is the author of a number of articles in moral and political philosophy, and his work has appeared in leading journals including the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Religious S...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:April 2, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198748191

ISBN - 13:9780198748199

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsPreface1. I forgive you2. The standing to forgive3. Forgiveness and character4. Understanding, excusing, forgiving5. Forgiveness and love6. Unapologetic forgiveness7. Forgiveness and grace8. Complications and ConditionsReferencesIndex

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