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Nancy E. Snow
All your life you’re told forgiveness is for you. But we’re never told why it’s for you. It means you’re working on owning your life.
Shani Tran
Therapist and Founder, The Shani Project
Forgiveness is nothing less than the way we heal the world. We heal the world by healing each and every one of our hearts. The process is simple, but it is not easy.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Nancy E. Snow
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Self-forgiveness has been a neglected topic in recent philosophical writing, though much has been written about its near cousin, interpersonal forgive-ness. Yet several benefits are to be gained from thinking about self-forgiveness. Analyzing self-forgiveness throws into relief the ontological and moral conditions under which forgiveness in interpersonal contexts is appropriate. Self-forgiveness can provide a second-best alternative to interpersonal forgiveness in situations in which full interpersonal forgiveness is not or cannot be achieved. Self-forgiveness plays this role because of its most interesting characteristic: it restores our capability to carry on as functioning agents even after we have committed moral wrongs or harmed others. Why self-forgiveness is restorative, and why it can elucidate as well as be an alternative to full interpersonal forgiveness will become apparent in what follows.

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