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Self-forgiveness and the moral perspective of humility: Ian McEwan's Atonement

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Self-forgiveness and the moral perspective of humility: Ian McEwan's Atonement. / Lippitt, John.

In: Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 43, No. 1, 01.04.2019, p. 121-138.

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