Resentment's Virtue

9781592135660: Hardback
Release Date: 28th February 2008

9781592135677: Paperback
Release Date: 28th August 2009

Dimensions: 153 x 229

Number of Pages: 256

Series Politics History & Social Chan

Temple University Press

Resentment's Virtue

Jean Amery and the Refusal to Forgive

Arguing beyond hasty dichotomies and unexamined moral assumptions, Resentment's Virtue offers a more nuanced approach to an understanding of the reasons why survivors of mass atrocities sometimes harbour resentment and refuse to forgive. Building on a close examination of the writings of Holocaust-survivor Jean Améry, Brudholm argues that the preservation of resentment or the resistance to calls for forgiveness can be the reflex of a moral protest and ambition that might be as permissible, humane or honourable as the willingness to forgive.
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A persuasive argument against "forgive and forget"

Thomas Brudholm is Research Fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies.