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Using a strategy to forgiving one,s self

How is Self-Forgiveness Possible?

Per-Erik Milam

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 2017

Research details

Type of paper: Theoretical/Conceptual/Review

Open Access: No


The idea of self-forgiveness poses a serious challenge to any philosopher interested in giving a general account of forgiveness. On the one hand, it is an uncontroversial part of our common psychological and moral discourse. On the other, any account of self-forgiveness is inconsistent with any general account of forgiveness which implies that only the victim of an offense can forgive. To avoid this conclusion, one must either challenge the particular claims that preclude self-forgiveness or offer an independently plausible account of self-forgiveness. I deploy both strategies in this article, explaining what self-forgiveness is and how it is possible.