PUP acquires Myisha Cherry’s The Failures of Forgiveness

We’re thrilled to have acquired World English rights to The Failures of Forgiveness by philosopher Myisha Cherry, slated for publication in Spring 2023.

From Cicero to Oprah Winfrey, conventional wisdom says that forgiveness means letting go of negative feelings and behavior, striving for reconciliation, and seeking perhaps the only means to a better future. Forgiveness is what the mature extend and the bitter hold back. Myisha Cherry argues that this thinking could not be more wrong. If this is how we approach forgiveness, we may actually be less likely to mend our wounds. Even worse, we may perpetuate harm in the world as we aim to do the opposite. In The Failures of Forgiveness, Cherry shows how we can change our personal and social relationships with forgiveness for the better, taking a different—philosophically grounded and psychologically supported—approach to thinking and talking about it. Only with this, she argues might we have a chance at recovery from wrongdoing, growth from healing, or a renewed sense of trust, hope, and “moral repair.”

About the Author

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. For nearly a decade, she has been writing about why we need to rethink anger and forgiveness. Her popular writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesBoston Review, SalonNew Philosopher, WomanKind, and the Huffington Post and she has contributed live commentary to BET and HuffPost Live. Cherry hosts the UnMute Podcast, currently in its fifth season, on which she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day. Her books include Unmuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice and The Moral Psychology of Anger (co-edited with Owen Flanagan).