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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 IV

Christian Perspectives on Forgiveness

Edited by Gregory L. Bock, The University of Texas at Tyler

April 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-454-2
Availability: In stock
244pp. ¦ $62 £49 €54

The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Volume IV: Christian Perspectives on Forgiveness is a collection of essays that explores different Christian views on forgiveness. Each essay takes up a different topic, such as the nature of divine forgiveness, the basis for forgiving our enemies, and the limits of forgiveness. In some chapters, the views of different philosophers and theologians are explored, figures such as St. John Climacus, Bonaventure, and Nietzsche. In other chapters, the concept of forgiveness is analyzed in light of historical events, such as the Nickel Mines shooting, the Charleston shooting, and the Armenian genocide. The contributors to the volume come from different backgrounds, including philosophy, theology, and psychology. The essays are written for scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and theology, as well as graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students.

The Philosophy of Forgiveness: Volume III

Forgiveness in World Religions

Edited by Gregory L. Bock, The University of Texas at Tyler

March 2019 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-412-2
Availability: In stock
216pp. ¦ $59 £43 €49

The Philosophy of Forgiveness, Volume III: Forgiveness in World Religions is a collection of essays that explores the philosophy of forgiveness in different religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Each chapter scours one of these religions for insights on the concept of forgiveness, asking questions such as whether forgiveness is a virtue, whether it is conditional, whether God has standing to forgive, and whether it is permissible not to forgive some extreme wrongs. In some of the chapters, the concept of forgiveness in one religion is compared with that in another. In other chapters, the ideas of different traditions within a religion are compared and contrasted. Also, some chapters compare a religious concept to the views of a philosophical figure, such as Aristotle, Kant, or Derrida. The contributors to the volume come from various cultural and religious backgrounds and from different disciplines, such as philosophy, religious studies, and psychology. The collection is written for scholars, graduate students, and upper-division undergraduate students interested in forgiveness or comparative religious philosophy.

The Philosophy of Forgiveness - Volume II

New Dimensions of Forgiveness

Edited by Court D. Lewis, Owensboro Community and Technical College

August 2016 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-190-9
Availability: In stock
321pp. ¦ $55 £35 €45

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

Edited by Court D. Lewis, Owensboro Community and Technical College

July 2016 / ISBN: 978-1-62273-054-4
Availability: In stock
294pp. ¦ $55 £35 €45

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.

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