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Lacewing, Michael (2015) Can non-theists appropriately feel existential gratitude? Religious Studies, 52 (2), pp. 145-165. [Journal Article]

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    Does it make sense for non-theists to feel gratitude for their existence? The question arises because gratitude is typically thought to be directed towards a person to whom one is grateful. Hence the theist may be grateful to God for their existence, experienced as a gift. But can the non-believer feel something similar without being irrational? Can there be gratitude for existence but not to anyone? After analysing gratitude and how we can best understand the idea of non-directed gratitude, I discuss the conditions that need to apply for non-directed gratitude to be appropriate. I end by discussing whether theism provides a psychologically richer and more satisfying framework for understanding existential gratitude.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Religious Studies
    Additional Information: vol. 52, no. 2 appeared in print June 2016
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Dr Michael Lacewing
    Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 09:34
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 11:09
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2175

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