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Introduction: Tendencies Towards Environmental Autocracy and Technocracy
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Ethical Perspectives
Issue : 17/4 (December - 2010)
Why Genuine Forgiveness must be Elective and Unconditional
Christopher Cowley
   Page : 556 - 579
  Charles Griswold’s 2007 book Forgiveness argues that genuine forgiveness of an unexcused, unjustified and unignored offence must be normgoverned and conditional. In the same way that gift-giving is governed by norms of appropriateness, so too is forgiveness; and the appropriateness of forgiving is centrally dependent on the offender’s repentance. In response, I claim that genuine forgiveness must always be elective and unconditional, and therefore genuinely unpredictable, no matter how much – or how little – the offender repents. I consider and reject one defence of unconditional forgiveness, that of Garrard and McNaughton. I then develop my own account, which builds on Bernard Williams’ notion of practical necessity.
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