Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Virtuous Anger and Vicious Forgiveness
by Thousand, Michael William, M.A., The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 2018, 40; 10813580
Abstract (Summary)

This essay can largely be seen as having two functions: contributing to the philosophical literature on the nature of forgiveness and defending anger as a morally worth class of attitudes. I will begin by sketching out some of the elements of forgiveness before presenting a prominent debate that is found in this domain. Essentially, this dispute focuses on whether or not conditions may be placed on instances of genuine forgiveness. Conditional accounts argue that it is perfectly acceptable or even rationally required that agents attach conditions to their forgiveness (e.g. a change of heart by the wrongdoer). Proponents of unconditional forgiveness, as the name implies, will argue that the placement of conditions on forgiveness are unacceptable and harm the inherent nature of forgiveness to some degree. As I will argue, proponents of conditional views of forgiveness will often fail to provide a full defense of the anger that one maintains when opting not to forgive. Given that my ultimate goal is to provide my own conditional account of forgiveness, I will attempt to provide that very defense by arguing that anger is, at times, an appropriate and morally worthy response to culpable wrongdoing. Ultimately, I will push this even further and argue that anger is morally superior to forgiveness in instances of severe wrongdoing committed by unrepentant offenders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Husi, Stanislaus
Commitee: Bristow, William, Westlund, Andrea
School: The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Wisconsin
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Anger, Ethics, Forgiveness, Moral psychology, Resentment, Virtue
Publication Number: 10813580
ISBN: 9780438133280
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