, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 645–664

Gratitude, Self-Interest, and Love


DOI: 10.1007/s11406-014-9527-9

Cite this article as:
Sandy Berkovski, Y. Philosophia (2014) 42: 645. doi:10.1007/s11406-014-9527-9


Gratitude is usually conceived as a uniquely appropriate response to goodwill. A grateful person is bound to reward an act of goodwill in some appropriately proportionate way. I argue that goodwill, when interpreted as love, should require no reward. Consequently, the idea of gratitude as a proportionate response to love is not intelligible. However, goodwill can also be understood merely as a disinterested concern. Such forms of goodwill are involved in reciprocal relationships. But gratitude has no place in these relationships either.


Gratitude Benevolence Love Self interest 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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