Ethical Theory And Moral Practice
Usually, apologies are made by using non-conditional utterances: “I apologize for ruining your evening!” Very little, if any, attention has been given so far to conditional apologies which typically use utterances such as “If I have ruined your evening, I apologize!” This paper argues that such conditional utterances can constitute genuine apologies and play important moral roles in situations of uncertainty. It also proposes a closer analysis of such conditional apologies (rejecting some alternative accounts) and contrasts them with unconditional apologies.
Apologies, Conditional apologies, Speech acts, Commitment
"Sorry If! On Conditional Apologies".
Ethical Theory And Moral Practice.