Authors
Glen Pettigrove
University of Glasgow
Abstract
This paper explores the relation between understanding and forgiving. A number of people have argued against the old adage that to understand is to forgive, for in many instances understanding leads to excusing rather than forgiving. Nonetheless, there is an interesting connection to be found between forgiving and understanding. I identify three ways in which understanding can lead to forgiveness ofunexcused wrongdoing: It can do so by changing our interpretation of the actor, by changing our interpretation of the action, and by engaging self-Iove.
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy of Mind
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0031-8205
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2007.00007.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,677
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Economic Model of Forgiveness.Brandon Warmke - 2016 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (4):570-589.
Forgiveness and the Multiple Functions of Anger.Antony G. Aumann & Zac Cogley - 2019 - Journal of Philosophy of Emotion 1 (1):44-71.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Forgiving and Requesting Forgiveness.Marianna Papastephanou - 2003 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 37 (3):503–524.
Hannah Arendt and Collective Forgiving.Glen Pettigrove - 2006 - Journal of Social Philosophy 37 (4):483–500.
The Forgiveness We Speak: The Illocutionary Force of Forgiving.Glen Pettigrove - 2004 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 42 (3):371-392.
Forgiving and Hoping.David T. Ozar - 2008 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82:163-172.
Forgiveness: A Developmental View.Robert D. Enright, Elizabeth A. Gassin & Ching-Ru Wu - 1992 - Journal of Moral Education 21 (2):99-114.
Forgiveness and Self-Respect.David Novitz - 1998 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (2):299-315.
Excuses, Excuses.Marcia Baron - 2007 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (1):21-39.
The Nature and Limits of Forgiveness.Alice MacLachlan - 2008 - Dissertation, Boston University
Analytic’ Reading, ‘Continental’ Text: The Case of Derrida’s ‘on Forgiveness.Chris Kaposy - 2005 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 13 (2):203 – 226.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
59 ( #174,374 of 2,432,204 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #214,792 of 2,432,204 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes