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Getting Even - Forgiveness and its Limits

Jeffrie G. Murphy, GETTING EVEN - FORGIVENESS AND ITS LIMITS, Oxford University Press, 2003

Posted: 8 Apr 2003  

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Arizona State University College of Law

Abstract

This book - drawing from the resources of philosophy, law, psychology, religion, and literature - argues that vindictive emotions (anger, resentment, and the desire for revenge) deserve a more legitimate place in our moral, emotional, legal and even religious lives than we currently recognize and that forgiveness, though often a great virtue, deserves to be more cautiously and selectively granted. The book explores such diverse issues as the relation between criminal punishment and revenge, victim impact statements in criminal sentencing, the current trendy movement of forgiveness counseling in psychotherapy, self forgiveness, repentance, and the relationship between religious (particularly Christian) commitments to forgiveness and punishment - particularly capital punishment.

Notes: This is a description of the book and not an actual excerpt.

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Jeffrie G., Getting Even - Forgiveness and its Limits. Jeffrie G. Murphy, GETTING EVEN - FORGIVENESS AND ITS LIMITS, Oxford University Press, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=393721

Jeffrie G. Murphy (Contact Author)

Arizona State University College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
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