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Love, Hate, and the State: An Introduction to Emotions, Punishment, and Social Change Session 4: Forgiveness and Atonement

Blaming and holding responsible set up the stage for releasing the blame and forgiving persons. Even further, they establish a framework upon which we can attempt to hold persons formally responsible through institutions — i.e., the criminal justice system. During this session, we explore theories of forgiving somebody for earning your resentment and contempt, and where we can go from there.

Further Reading:
Murphy, Jean and Hampton, Jeffrie. Forgiveness and Mercy, chapter 4.
Bell, Macalester. Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt, chapter 6.

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