A Journey through Forgiveness
Edited by Malika Rebai Maamri, Nehama Verbin, and Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
In A Journey through Forgiveness scholars and activists from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives engage each other around the topic of forgiveness. They examine its benefits and costs, its motives, and its limitations. The different voices do not sing in unity, but by the end of the book, you might conclude that some times of beautiful harmony were heard.
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Key Words: Empirical research, rumination, mental health, terrorist trauma, incognito forgiveness, criminal justice system, holocaust, mediation, penance, divorce, literature, ethics, apologies, radical forgiveness, reconciliation.
Malika Rebai Maamri, Nehama Verbin & Everett L. Worthington, Jr.
Part 1 Forgiveness in Philosophical Thought
What is Forgiveness?
The Conditions of Forgiveness in Recent Philosophical Thought
A Plea against Apologies
Part 2 Forgiveness and Religion
Anger toward God: A New Frontier in the Study of Forgiveness
Julie J. Exline
Understanding Forgiveness in the Lives of Religious People: The Role of Sacred and Secular Elements
Nathaniel Wade & Julia Kidwell
Forgiveness and Religion: Update and Current Status
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook, Daryl R. Van Tongeren, Aubrey L. Gartner, David J. Jennings II, Chelsea L. Greer &
Todd W. Greer
Forgiveness or Reconciliation after the Shoah? An Ecumenical Perspective
Radical Forgiveness and Feminist Theology
Part 3 The Psychology of Forgiveness
The Art of Forgiving: Conditions of Perspective and Transformation
Forgiveness, Differentiation of Self and Mental Health
Steven J. Sandage and Peter J. Jankowski
Understanding and Approaching Forgiveness as Altruism: Relationships with Rumination, Self-Control and a Gratitude-Based Strategy
Charlotte van Oyen Witvliet
Healing and Forgiveness after Traumatic Events: The Case of Holocaust Survivors from the Fortunoff Archives
Forgiveness as a Way of Coping Following Divorce
Mark S. Rye
Part 4 Forgiveness in the Political and Social Arena
Year 1989 – Incognito Forgiveness? Some Aspects of Transitional Justice in Poland
Algerian President’s Peace Plan: Political and Psychological Perspectives of Forgiveness
Malika Rebai Maamri
On Forgiveness, Hope and Community: Or the Fine Line Step between Authentic and Fractured Communities
Post-Holocaust ‘Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness’: The Tensions between Remembrance and Forgiveness at Sites of National Conscience
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Are Apology and Forgiveness Simply Two Sides of the One Coin?
Restorative Justice as a Pathway for Forgiveness: How Could Forgiveness Operate within the Criminal Justice System?
The Art of Forgiveness
Part 5 Lessons of Forgiveness from Literature
Poetry as a Medium of Forgiveness in the Light of Czesław Miłosz’s Oeuvre
Anna M. Szczepan-Wojnarska
Negotiating Possibilities of Forgiveness in Margaret Walker’s Jubilee
Doaa AbdelHafez Hamada
Felicia Hemans, the Psychodynamics of Hope and Trend Forgiveness
Levinasian Ethics and the Failure to Forgive in Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Flies
About the Editors
Malika Rebai Maamri is a Senior Lecturer at the National School of Higher Education in Political Science in Algiers, Algeria. Her research interests include literature with a focus on cultural contact, political community in Africa, teaching and education. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters. She is currently writing a book entitled Citizenship and Fractured National Identity in Algeria. She also works as Editor for international journals. She is a member of the Joseph Conrad Society in the UK.
Nehama Verbin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Her research interests include ethics, aesthetics and philosophy of religion. She has published various articles on forgiveness in the religious and the non-religious sphere. She is also the author of Divinely Abused: A Philosophical Perspective on Job and his Kin. Continuum, London and New York, 2010.
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. He has published over 25 books and 250 journal articles or scholarly chapters on forgiveness and other topics in positive psychology.