Forgiving and Hoping

Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82:163-172 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX


The word “forgiveness” and its verbal form, “forgiving,” may appear to have one and the same meaning whenever it is used. But the first thesis of this essay is that several distinct kinds of human activity are denominated by this word, and their differences are philosophically important. The second thesis of this essay is that some of the human activities denominated by this word have a close connection with hope, more specifically with hoping-in-a-person. The third thesis of this essay is that, because of this connection, some kinds of forgiving have important communal aspects that are often overlooked. The essay develops its three theses through discussions of the expression “forgive and forgot,” a theme from Charles Bosk’s study, Forgive and Remember, a scene from Jane Austen’s, Emma, and a description of forgiving by theologian and spiritual writer, Louis Every.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,439

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Forgiving and Hoping.David T. Ozar - 2008 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82:163-172.
The Possibility of Preemptive Forgiving.Nicolas Cornell - 2017 - Philosophical Review 126 (2):241-272.
Understanding, excusing, forgiving.Glen Pettigrove - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (1):156–175.
The Nature and Limits of Forgiveness.Alice MacLachlan - 2008 - Dissertation, Boston University
Changing one's heart.Cheshire Calhoun - 1992 - Ethics 103 (1):76-96.
Can We Un-forgive?Monique Wonderly - 2021 - Philosophers' Imprint 21 (6).
In defense of genuine un-forgiving.Anna-Bella Sicilia - 2024 - Philosophical Studies 181 (5):1167-1190.
Is Purely Practical Agreement Possible? Maritain’s Mexico City Thesis Answers Some MacIntyrian Challenges.J. W. Schulz - 2018 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 92:175-188.


Added to PP

56 (#282,010)

6 months
2 (#1,484,305)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

David T. Ozar
Loyola University, Chicago

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references