Source: (1988) New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 194p.

This book explores the degree to which certain moral and legal doctrines are rooted in specific passions that are then institutionalized in the form of criminal law. It focuses on the virtues of forgiveness and mercy, and in particular on the question of whether they should play a role in the legal system. The book takes the unusual form of a dialogue; Jeffrie Murphy casting doubt on what is the tendency of the Christian tradition to overvalue forgiveness and mercy and to undervalue resentment, hatred, and retribution; Jean Hampton presenting a qualified defense of the Christian tradition.