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On the Nature of Forgiveness

September 26, 2017 by

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Many moons ago I wrote a very brief blog post on the nature of forgiveness. Since then I’ve presented some work on forgiveness, I’ve edited a collection where forgiveness was one of the chapters discussed in the volume, and I’ve read tons on the subject. I’m sad to report that forgiveness still evades me. Though […]

On Hope, Truth, and Lying

February 1, 2017 by

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The Trump administration is, for those of us concerned with improving our world, more disturbing than any I have encountered. It’s not that Trump will necessarily make things worse than G.W. Bush, who started two wars, or Ronald Reagan, who began our slide into a society of increasing inequality, or even Barack Obama, who persecuted […]

Men and Emotion

June 24, 2016 by

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Originally posted on sibilantfricative:
I teach at a university that was, up until recently, a polytechnical college before it was eaten up by a larger state school. That means on a daily basis, I work primarily with men. In a typical writing or literature class that I teach, there are often only one or two…

Second-Personal Attitudes From the Heart (by Stephen Darwall)

April 8, 2015 by

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Stephen Darwall has written a very thoughtful post on a class of reactive attitudes that he dubs “attitudes of the heart”. “Heart”, he writes, “in its customary metaphorical sense to refer to that aspect of the human psyche through which we are heartened or disheartened, inspired or deflated, encouraged or discouraged, filled with hope and […]