The Virtue of Gratitude and Its Associated Vices

The Moral Psychology of Gratitude (forthcoming)
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Gratitude, the proper or fitting response to benevolence, has often been conceptualized as a virtue—a temporally stable disposition to perceive, think, feel, and act in certain characteristic ways in certain situations. Many accounts of gratitude as a virtue, however, have not analyzed this disposition accurately, and as a result, they have not revealed the rich variety of ways in which someone can fail to be a grateful person. In this paper, I articulate an account of the virtue of gratitude, and I use this account to explore various vices that can manifest in its absence.

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Tony Manela
Siena College


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