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Making Amends: Atonement in Morality, Law, and Politics

Linda Radzik


Can wrongs be righted? Can we make up for our misdeeds, or does the impossibility of changing the past mean that we remain permanently guilty? While atonement is traditionally considered a theological topic, this book uses the resources of secular moral philosophy to explore the possibility of correcting the wrongs we do to one another. Philosophers generally approach the problem of past wrongdoing from the point of view of either a judge or a victim. They assume that wrongdoing can be resolved only through punishment or forgiveness. But this book explores the responses that wrongdoers can and ... More

Keywords: atonement, reconciliation, forgiveness, apology, punishment, reparations, repentance, guilt, redemption, historical injustice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195373660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Radzik, author
Texas A&M University
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