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The Psychology of Gratitude$
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Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.001.0001

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Gratitude in the History of Ideas

Gratitude in the History of Ideas

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The Psychology of Gratitude

Edward J. Harpham

Oxford University Press

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

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