Gratitude in the History of Ideas

Edward J. Harpham

in The Psychology of Gratitude

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150100
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847389 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Gratitude in the History of Ideas

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This chapter explores the philosophical and theological foundations of gratitude. It examines the place of gratitude in the history of ideas, focusing primarily on the influential writings of philosopher and economist Adam Smith. It provides a scholarly overview of several other philosophers for whom gratitude was central in their thinking, including Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes and Samuel Pufendorf and evaluates the importance of gratitude in civic society.

Keywords: gratitude; Adam Smith; civic society; history of ideas; Thomas Aquinas; Thomas Hobbes; Samuel Pufendorf

Chapter.  8055 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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