Forgiveness, Mercy, and Clemency

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Stanford University Press, 2007 - Law - 238 pages
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Arguments for forgiveness, mercy, and clemency abound. These arguments flourish in organized religion, fiction, philosophy, and law as well as in everyday conversations of daily life among parents and children, teachers and students, and criminals and those who judge them. As common as these arguments are, we are often left with an incomplete understanding of what we mean when we speak about them. This volume examines the registers of individual psychology, religious belief, social practice, and political power circulating in and around those who forgive, grant mercy, or pose clemency power. The authors suggest that, in many ways, necessary examinations of the questions of forgiveness and pardon and the connection between mercy and justice are only just beginning.

 

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Contents

Toward New Theoretical Perspectives on Forgiveness Mercy
1
Tempering or Tampering? Mercy and the Administration
16
Should Mercy Have a Place in Clemency Decisions?
36
The Merciful State
64
On the Metaphysics of Repentance
117
W G Sebald
138
Keeping the Peace
156
INDEX
225
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Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College. Nasser Hussain is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College.

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