Moral Repair and the Moral Saints Problem

Document Type : Research Paper


Texas A&M University


This article explores the forms of moral repair that the wrongdoer has to perform in an attempt to make amends for her past wrongdoing, with a focus on the issues of interpersonal moral repair; that is, what a wrongdoer can do to merit her victim‘s forgiveness and achieve reconciliation with her community. The article argues against the very general demands of atonement that amount to an obligation to stop being someone who commits wrongs—to become a ―moral saint‖—and suggests a new form of atonement that is more practical and useful in our everyday life.


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