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Forgiveness and Love (Hardback)
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Forgiveness and Love (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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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 have little 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 think forgiveness 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 is and 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199646555
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 362 g
Dimensions: 223 x 154 x 18 mm


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Pettigrove's is a fine, lucid, carefully-argued book. It exhibits care not only for precision in thought and expression, but also for human well-being: the book is passionate, in an understated way, about the transformative good that forgiving, properly understood, can effect. This means that it is not only those concerned to understand forgiveness who will benefit from reading it, but also those concerned to forgive well, to themselves be good forgivers. * Paul Griffiths, Philosophy *
It is undeniably the case that Pettigrove advances a new view of forgiveness ... [The book] is informative and helpful; the goals of this book are largely accomplished, and the logical progression of the arguments in each chapter is absolutely crystalline * Kathryn Norlock, Ethics *
a lucid and compelling account of forgiveness...Pettigrove's is a useful and creative contribution that incorporates central theological themes of love and grace into a philosophical exploration of forgiveness. * Travis Ryan Pickell, Studies in Christian Ethics *
Pettigroves Forgiveness and Love is a reliable and nuanced book on conceptual issues surrounding forgiveness. It persuasively undermines a surprising number of the commonplaces that philosophers appeal to in their accounts of forgiveness * Robert Roberts, The Journal of Moral Philosophy *
Overall, there is a good deal to find useful and enjoy in this compact book. * The Philosophical Quarterly *

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