The Economic Model of Forgiveness

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 97 (4):570-589 (2014)
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It is sometimes claimed that forgiveness involves the cancellation of a moral debt. This way of speaking about forgiveness exploits an analogy between moral forgiveness and economic debt-cancellation. Call the view that moral forgiveness is like economic debt-cancellation the Economic Model of Forgiveness. In this article I articulate and motivate the model, defend it against some recent objections, and pose a new puzzle for this way of thinking about forgiveness

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Brandon Warmke
Bowling Green State University


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