Gratitude: Considerations from a Moral Perspective
This chapter examines the concept and meaning of gratitude from a moral perspective. It argues against the prevailing sentiment that gratitude is inevitably positive and desirable. It stresses the importance of a moral underpinning for gratitude in order to present the distinctive character of the concept. It describes biases which can be recast as positive elements for gratitude's moral conceptualization.
Shelton, Charles M., "Gratitude: Considerations from a Moral Perspective" (2012). Regis University Faculty Publications (comprehensive list). 771.