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


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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