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After discussing the idea of evil, Scarre turns to the meaning of forgiveness and the conditions for granting it. He defends a broadly utilitarian approach that stresses the role of forgiveness in repairing the damage that has been caused by injurious or offensive behavior. Scarre then turns considers the controversial virtue of mercy and the propriety of revengeful behavior and resentful attitudes. Finally he deals with the purpose and justification of judicial punishment, paying particular regard to the appropriate treatment of war criminals.
In this timely and sensitively written book Scarre pays close attention to the existing literature and appraises both contemporary and classical contributions to the debate. This book makes an original contribution to an area of ethical thought that has been attracting an increasing amount of attention from philosophers, jurists and political thinkers.
Contents: Prefatory note; The idea of evil; The nature of forgiveness; Forgiveness and utility; Some problems about forgiveness; Mercy; Revenge and resentment; The good of punishment; Punishment, excuses and mitigating conditions; Moral responsibility and the Holocaust; Punishment, pardon and time lapse; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Author Biography: Geoffrey Scarre, Reader and Head of Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK
|1||The idea of evil||1|
|2||The nature of forgiveness||17|
|3||Forgiveness and utility||37|
|4||Some problems about forgiveness||59|
|6||Revenge and resentment||99|
|7||The good of punishment||113|
|8||Punishment, excuses and mitigating conditions||139|
|9||Moral responsibility and the Holocaust||159|
|10||Punishment, pardon and time lapse||177|