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Finding Wonder

  • Glenn Willmott
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Part of the Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment book series (LCE)

Abstract

What is wonder? Can wonder arise for any object, or for any observer, and under what conditions? How does wonder combine knowledge and affect? If wonder involves empathy, does that also imply sympathy? Why does wonder suspend ethical goals yet have ethical implications? How are environmentalists right about wonder? What are its limitations or risks? Providing a new synthesis of diverse scholarship in philosophy and psychology, Willmott offers a much needed, concrete definition of wonder as a cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic event relevant to ecological and social concerns.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn Willmott
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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