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Series: Philosophy of Forgiveness


The philosophical examination of forgiveness has flourished and evolved over the past ten years. Early examinations were Kantian-based, focusing on the duties of victims and wrongdoers. More recent examinations have moved away from Kantian explanations. The two most prominent books on forgiveness, Charles Griswold’s Forgiveness: A Philosophical Exploration (2007) and Margaret Holmgren’s Forgiveness and Retribution (2012), are both grounded in virtue ethics. A utilitarian account can be found in Geoffrey Scarre’s After Evil: Responding to Wrongdoing (2004), and Kathryn Norlock offers a feminist account in Forgiveness from a Feminist Perspective (2009). Authors such as Glen Pettigrove (2012) and Nicholas Wolterstorff (2012) respectively offer accounts based on love and grace. These works (and many others) have generated even more interest in forgiveness studies, and they have inspired new and fascinating approaches to the topic. Vernon Press’s series on the Philosophy of Forgiveness will continue the vibrant and rich philosophical dialogue, while at the same time illuminating new approaches and previously overlooked perspectives. The series gives authors from around the globe an outlet to delve into ancient, contemporary, and cutting-edge research on the philosophy of forgiveness and its related topics, such as revenge, repentance, and reconciliation. Each volume will center on a theme, or set of related themes, and will incorporate philosophical insights from theology, psychology, literature, sociology, and among others, peace studies. The series is ideal for academic research and for those who have a serious interest in the philosophical dimensions of forgiveness. Each volume could be used as the main or supplemental text of a course on forgiveness, or its related topics.



The Philosophy of Forgiveness - Volume II

New Dimensions of Forgiveness
1st edition / ISBN: 978-1-62273-190-9
August 2016
Availability: In stock

Volume II of Vernon Press’s series on the Philosophy of Forgiveness offers several challenging and provocative chapters that seek to push the conversation in new directions and dimensions. Volume I, Explorations of Forgiveness: Personal, Relational, and Religious, began the task of creating a consistent multi-dimensional account of forgiveness, and Volume II’s New Dimensions of Forgiveness continues this goal by presenting a set of chapters that delve into several deep conceptual and metaphysical features of forgiveness. New Dimensions of Forgiveness creates a theoretical framework for understanding the many nuanced features of forgiveness, namely, third-party forgiveness, forgiveness as an aesthetic process, the role of resentment in warranting forgiveness, the moral status of self-forgiveness, epistemic trust, forgiveness’s influence on the moral status of persons, forgiveness in time, the status of Substance and Subject within a Hegelian framework, Jacques Derrida’s “impossible” forgiveness, and the use of imaginative “magic” to become a maximal forgiver. Readers will be challenged to question and come to terms with many oft-overlooked, yet important philosophical dimensions of forgiveness.

The Philosophy of Forgiveness - Volume I

Explorations of Forgiveness: Personal, Relational, and Religious [Hardback]
1st edition / ISBN: 978-1-62273-054-4
July 2016
Availability: In stock

The Philosophy of Forgiveness is multi-dimensional and complex. As recent scholarly philosophical works on forgiveness illustrate, incorporating personal, relational, political, ethical, psychological, and religious dimensions into one consistent conception of “forgiveness” is difficult. As part of Vernon Press’s series on the Philosophy of Forgiveness, Explorations of Forgiveness: Personal, Relational, and Religious begins the task of creating a consistent multidimensional account of forgiveness by bringing together multiple voices from around the globe to analyze, discuss, and draw conclusions about how best to understand forgiveness. The volume’s three opening chapters examine forgiveness as a relational concept, and offer insights into the role of forgiveness in repairing, sustaining, stewarding, and healing relationships damaged by wrongdoing. Continuing with the relational theme, the next four chapters incorporate Hannah Arendt’s philosophical teachings (both her writings and her life) into the discussion to offer several intriguing conclusions relating to “unforgivable” persons and acts. The final chapters examine the nature of forgiveness from three major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, and Confucianism.