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A chance to forgive one,s self

Self-Forgiveness and Responsible Moral Agency

Margaret R. Holmgren

Journal of Value Inquiry, 1998

Research details

Type of paper: Theoretical/Conceptual/Review

Open Access: No


Although interpersonal forgiveness has recently received some discussion in philosophical literature, little has been written about the equally important topic of self-forgiveness. I will take an analysis of interpersonal forgiveness I have developed and extend it to self-forgiveness. While the same basic principles provide the moral ground for each type of forgiveness, forgiving ourselves is sufficiently different from forgiving others that there is much to be gained from an independent examination of self-forgiveness.