This paper takes a close look at forgiveness. As the title suggests, this paper is divided in two sections. The first section provides a description and an understanding of the phenomenon of forgiveness. This is done first by considering how various philosophical accounts have done so. This is then followed by a phenomenological description of what forgiveness is and what forgiveness does. For this purpose the paper also considers other concepts that are related to forgiveness, namely those of guilt and resentment. In the second section of the paper the norms of forgiveness are investigated. Two elementary normative conditions of forgiveness are discussed: the conditions of moral permissibility and the conditions of performative actualization of forgiveness.


Philosophy Department

Degree Name

MA in Philosophy

Graduation Date


Submission Date

January 2018

First Advisor

Topa, Alessandro

Committee Member 1

Switzer, Robert

Committee Member 2

Wolf-Gazo, Ernest


48 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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