Is There a Right to Be Forgiven?

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Imagine a case of wrongdoing—not something trivial, but nothing so serious that adequate reparations are impossible. Imagine, further, that the wrongdoer makes those reparations and sincerely apologizes. Does she have a moral right to be forgiven? The standard view is that she does not, but this paper contends that the standard view is mistaken. It begins by showing that the arguments against a right to be forgiven are inconclusive. It ends by making two arguments in defense of that right.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1101-1115
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophia (United States)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • Forgiveness
  • Making amends
  • Right to be forgiven

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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