Should I Be Grateful to You for Not Harming Me?

Getting people not to harm others is a central goal of morality. But while it is commonly perceived that those who benefit others merit gratitude, those who do not harm others are not ordinarily thought to merit anything. I attempt to argue against this, claiming that all the arguments against gratitude to the non-maleficent are unsuccessful. Finally, I explore the difference it would make if we thought that we owe gratitude to those who do not harm us
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2307/2953750
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 16,667
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Saul Smilansky (1997). Should I Be Grateful to You for Not Harming Me? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (3):585-597.
Sean McAleer (2012). Propositional Gratitude. American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):55-66.
Elizabeth Harman (2009). Harming as Causing Harm. In M. A. Roberts & D. T. Wasserman (eds.), Harming Future Persons. Springer Verlag 137--154.
Patricia White (1999). Gratitude, Citizenship and Education. Studies in Philosophy and Education 18 (1):43-52.
Samuel V. Bruton (2003). Duties of Gratitude. Philosophy in the Contemporary World 10 (1):11-15.
James Stacey Taylor (2008). Harming the Dead. Journal of Philosophical Research 33:185-202.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

6 ( #336,406 of 1,726,249 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

3 ( #231,316 of 1,726,249 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.