Utilitas

Research Article

Hume on Forgiveness and the Unforgivable

GLEN PETTIGROVEa1

a1 Massey University, New Zealand G.Pettigrove@massey.ac.nz

Abstract

Are torture and torturers unforgivable? The article examines this question in the light of a Humean account of forgiveness. Initially, the Humean account appears to suggest that torturers are unforgivable. However, in the end, I argue it provides us with good reasons to think that even torturers may be forgiven.