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I was wrong : the meanings of apologies

Author: Nick Smith
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Discussing numerous examples from ancient and recent history, I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies argues that we suffer from considerable confusion about the moral meanings and social functions of these complex interactions. Rather than asking whether a speech act "is or is not" an apology, Smith offers a nuanced theory of apologetic meaning. After describing several varieties of apologies between individuals,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Smith
ISBN: 9780521865524 0521865522 9780521684231 0521684234
OCLC Number: 163614056
Description: xi, 298 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Apologies as a source of moral meaning in modernity --
The meanings of apologies --
Elements of the categorical apology --
Corroborated factual record --
Acceptance of blame --
Distinguished from expression of sympathy --
Causation and moral responsibility --
Accidents and denials of intent --
Standing --
Identification of each harm --
Identification of the moral principles underlying each harm --
Endorsing moral principles underlying each harm --
Recognition of victim as moral interlocutor --
Categorical regret --
Performance of the apology --
Reform and redress --
Intentions for apologizing --
Emotions --
Apologies and gender --
Apologies in diverse religious and cultural traditions --
Unusual cases : apologizing to animals, infants, machines, the deceased, and --
Yourself --
The relationship between apologies and forgiveness --
Varieties of apologies --
Collective apologies --
The collective categorical apology --
The problem of consensus --
Issues specific to collective apologies --
Collectives corroborating factual records --
Collectives and blame --
Distinguished from collective expressions of sympathy --
Collective causation and collective moral responsibility --
Collective accidents and denials of intent --
Collectives, standing, and delegation --
Collectives identifying each harm --
Collectives identifying the moral principles underlying each harm --
Collectives endorsing moral principles underlying each harm --
Collectives recognizing victims as moral interlocutors --
Collectives and categorical regret --
Collectives performing apologies --
Collectives reforming and providing redress --
Collective intentions for apologizing --
Collective emotions --
Varieties of collective apologies --
Conclusion: Previewing apologies in law.
Responsibility: Nick Smith.
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Discussing examples from ancient and recent history, I Was Wrong leads us though a series of rich philosophical and interdisciplinary questions, explaining how apologies have evolved from a  Read more...

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