Propositional Gratitude

American Philosophical Quarterly 49 (1):55-66 (2012)
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Philosophical writing on gratitude displays a pronounced preference for targeted gratitude (A’s being grateful to B for x) over propositional gratitude (A’s being grateful that p), treating the latter as a poor, less interesting cousin of the former, when it treats it at all. This paper challenges and attempts to rectify the relegation of propositional gratitude to second-class status. It argues that propositional gratitude is not only not reducible to targeted gratitude but indeed is more basic than it and that propositional gratitude is morally important because of its conceptual connections to the virtue of humility.



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Sean McAleer
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

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