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Forgiveness and Mercy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

Jeffrie Murphy, Jean Hampton
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  • Date Published: August 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521395670

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  • This book focuses on the degree to which certain moral and legal doctrines are rooted in specific passions that are then institutionalized in the form of criminal law. A philosophical analysis is developed of the following questions: When, if ever, should hatred be overcome by sympathy or compassion? What are forgiveness and mercy and to what degree do they require--both conceptually and morally--the overcoming of certain passions and the motivation by other passions? If forgiveness and mercy indeed are moral virtues, what role, if any, should they play in the law?

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    "Their analyses of these crucial emotions are clear, elegant and sufficiently controversial to initiate an exciting and much needed discussion of the proper role and the nature of the personal passions in social practice and theories." Robert C. Solomon, University of Texas, Austin

    "...an impressive book. Anyone who is interested in the topic ought to read it." Ethics

    "...provocatively rich work....The analysis is clear, careful, imaginative, and insightful." APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy

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    • Date Published: August 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521395670
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 151 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements Jeffrie Murphy and Jean Hampton
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The retributive emotions Jeffrie Murphy
    Part II. Forgiveness and Christianity Jean Hampton:
    2. Forgiveness and resentment Jeffrie Murphy
    3. Forgiveness, resentment and hatred Jean Hampton
    4. Hatred: a qualified defence Jeffrie Murphy
    5. The retributive idea Jean Hampton
    6. Mercy and legal justice Jeffrie Murphy
    Index.

  • Authors

    Jeffrie G. Murphy

    Jean Hampton

    Contributors

    Jeffrie Murphy, Jean Hampton

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