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Philosophies of Gratitude

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

Abstract

Philosophies of Gratitude is a study of gratitude as a philosophical concept. It explores what philosophers from Aristotle to Kant have said about gratitude, and examines what role the idea of gratitude has played in their philosophies. It also looks at the three primary ways we think about gratitude—as an emotion we feel in response to a gift or benefit, as an act we perform to express our thankfulness, and as a virtuous disposition in which we are ready to be grateful to the world we inhabit. Like love and trust, gratitude is a way we react to other people in our lives, sometimes for who the ... More

Keywords: gratitude, benevolence, sentiment, virtue, debt, duty, altruism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197526866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197526866.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy, author
Benjamin Waite Professor of the English Language, Wesleyan University

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