Australasian Philosophical Review 3 (3):330-335 (forthcoming)

Andrew James Latham
Aarhus University
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney
In ‘Forgiveness, an Ordered Pluralism’, Fricker distinguishes two concepts of forgiveness, both of which are deployed in our forgiveness practices: moral justice forgiveness and gifted forgiveness. She then argues that the former is more explanatorily basic than the latter. We think Fricker is right about this. We will argue, however, that contra Fricker, it is a third more minimal concept that is most basic. Like Fricker, we will focus on the function of our practices, but in a way that is informed by research in ethology (research which seeks to explain the function of animal behaviour and determine how these behaviours evolved).
Keywords forgiveness  conceptual engineering  experimental philosophy  concepts
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DOI 10.1080/24740500.2020.1859238
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