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IrrevocableA Philosophy of Mortality$
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Alphonso Lingis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226556765

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226557090.001.0001

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(p.191) Gratitude

Alphonso Lingis

University of Chicago Press

Gratitude is an action. Giving thanks. We receive the gift, it takes time, we take it with both hands, take it in with our eyes, turn it about, contemplate its features. And we show it, share it with others. Thought—which is about data, about some things or events that are given, which comprehends, takes in, what is given, ponders it, feels its weight, and produces words that are understandable and open to others, that exist for others—thought is gratitude.

Keywords:   gratitude, action, giving thanks, thought

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