Forgiveness and Mercy

Forgiveness and Mercy

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy & Law

By (author) Jeffrie G. Murphy, By (author) Jean Hampton, Series edited by Gerald J. Postema, Series edited by Jules L. Coleman, Series edited by Antony Duff, Series edited by David Lyons, Series edited by D.Neil MacCormick, Series edited by Stephen R. Munzer, Series edited by Philip Pettit, Series edited by Joseph Raz

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  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 224mm x 14mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521395674
  • ISBN 13: 9780521395670
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 616,414

Product description

This book focuses on the degree to which certain moral and legal doctrines are rooted in specific passions that are then institutionalised 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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Review quote

'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

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.