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Hard FeelingsThe Moral Psychology of Contempt$
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Macalester Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794140.001.0001

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Contempt, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Contempt, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

(p.227) Chapter 6 Contempt, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation
Hard Feelings

Macalester Bell

Oxford University Press

While contempt can do important moral work, there are sometimes reasons to overcome it through a process of forgiveness. This chapter explores what it means to overcome contempt through forgiveness and offers an account of good reasons to do so. This account of forgiveness has implications for understanding social reconciliation and the role that reparations and memorials may play in giving persons reasons to overcome their apt contempt for institutions.

Keywords:   forgiveness, reasons to forgive, repentance, character transformation, shame, reparations, memorials, reconciliation

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