Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing

Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing

by Margaret Urban Walker
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Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing

Moral Repair examines the ethics and moral psychology of responses to wrongdoing. Explaining the emotional bonds and normative expectations that keep human beings responsive to moral standards and responsible to each other, Margaret Urban Walker uses realistic examples of both personal betrayal and political violence to analyze how moral bonds are damaged by serious wrongs and what must be done to repair the damage. Focusing on victims of wrong, their right to validation, and their sense of justice, Walker presents a unified and detailed philosophical account of hope, trust, resentment, forgiveness, and making amends - the emotions and practices that sustain moral relations. Moral Repair joins a multidisciplinary literature concerned with transitional and restorative justice, reparations, and restoring individual dignity and mutual trust in the wake of serious wrongs.

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ISBN-13: 9780521009256
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Margaret Urban Walker is Professor of Philosophy and Lincoln Professor of Ethics at Arizona State University. She is the author of Moral Understandings: A Feminist Study in Ethics and Moral Contexts, and editor of Mother Time: Women, Aging and Ethics. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Ethics, the Journal of Human Rights, Metaphilosophy, and Hypatia, among others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. What is moral repair?; 2. Hope's value; 3. Damages to trust; 4. Resentment and assurance; 5. Forgiving; 6. Making amends.

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