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Revising the Past: On the Metaphysics of Repentance, Forgiveness, and Pardon

  • Author(s): Dan-Cohen, Meir
  • et al.

How do the practices listed in the subtitle manage to forestall negative reactive attitudes, such as resentment and guilt, and render them no longer appropriate? I argue that these “revisionary practices” redraw the self’s temporal boundary to exclude the wrongful act, thus releasing the wrongdoer from continuing to bear responsibility for that act.

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