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Forgiveness and Mercy : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law - Jeffrie G. Murphy

Forgiveness and Mercy

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

Paperback Published: 31st December 1990
ISBN: 9780521395670
Number Of Pages: 208

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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?

'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

Preface and acknowledgments
Introduction
The retributive emotions
Forgiveness and Christianity
Forgiveness and resentment
Forgiveness, resentment and hatred
Hatred: a qualified defense
The retributive idea
Mercy and legal justice
Index
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ISBN: 9780521395670
ISBN-10: 0521395674
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 31st December 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32