What is Forgiveness?

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The paper attempts to shed light on the nature of forgiveness by distinguishing its necessary features from its contingent ones. I argue that overcoming resentment toward the wrongdoer by coming to view oneself more favourably lies at the core of forgiveness. I show that empathy or love toward the wrongdoer play a mere contingent role. Moreover, I claim that moral hatred of the wrongdoer and a refusal to be reconciled with him are compatible with forgiving him.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Journey through Forgiveness
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781848880481
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Forgiveness
  • empathy
  • indignation
  • love
  • moral hatred
  • reconciliation
  • resentment

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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