Is gratitude a moral virtue?

Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1475-1484 (2015)

One matter upon which the already voluminous philosophical and psychological literature on the topic seems to be agreed is that gratitude is a psychologically and socially beneficial human quality of some moral significance. Further to this, gratitude seems to be widely regarded by positive psychologists and virtue ethicists as a moral virtue. This paper, however, sets out to show that such claims and assumptions about the moral character of gratitude are questionable and that its status as a moral virtue is by no means straightforward
Keywords Gratitude  Thankfulness  Virtue  Duty  Justice
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-014-0360-6
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