Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life

2014.12.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey M. Blustein, Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life, Oxford University Press,
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2014.12.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey M. Blustein, Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life, Oxford University Press, 2014, 344pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780199329403. Reviewed by Jeffrey S. Helmreich, University of California, Irvine Forgiving and feeling seem deeply related, but the precise nature of the relationship is elusive. On the one hand, if I forgive you but continue to feel angry or bitter about what you did, you could reasonably ask what difference my forgiveness has made. Indeed, what was its point? But if, on the other hand, forgiveness requires an emotional overhaul, banishing unpleasant recollection of the wrong suffered, it would be almost impossible -- at least as a single act or gesture. For how could anyone reliably forswear the emotional responses that memories could naturally trigger, at any moment, in the years or even decades to come? And how could any self-respecting -- and. . .

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