Skip to main content

FORGIVENESS, COMMEMORATION, AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: THE ROLE OF MORAL EMOTIONS

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Abstract:

Forgiveness of wrongdoing in response to public apology and amends making seems, on the face of it, to leave little room for the continued commemoration of wrongdoing. This rests on a misunderstanding of forgiveness, however, and we can explain why there need be no incompatibility between them. To do this, I emphasize the role of what I call nonangry negative moral emotions in constituting memories of wrongdoing. Memories so constituted can persist after forgiveness and have important moral functions, and commemorations can elicit these emotions to preserve memories of this sort. Moreover, commemorations can be a restorative justice practice that promotes reconciliation, but only on condition that the memories they preserve are constituted by nonangry negative, not retributive, emotions.

Keywords: angry moral emotions; apology; commemorative ceremonies; forgiveness; nonangry moral emotions; protest; reconciliation; restorative justice; self-respect

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9973.2010.01652.x

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, City College, City University of New York, North Academic Center, Room 5/145A, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, USA, Email: jblustein@ccny.cuny.edu

Publication date: July 1, 2010

bpl/meta/2010/00000041/00000004/art00007
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more