Practices of Wonder: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

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Wonder has been claimed as the beginning of philosophy by both Plato and Aristotle. Although an apparently similar claim, the
essays in this collection represent a closer inspection of the difference in both location and content that define these two eminent
thinkers’ kinds of wonder. While Aristotle’s understanding was outward-looking, directed to natural phenomena, and positioned at the beginning of inquiry with the assumption that explanation should purge it, Plato’s before him was inward-looking, toward conceptual phenomena, and positioned not only at the beginning of inquiry but also as its pursued
end.
Such different understandings are ones that have continued to be elaborated and developed throughout the history of
philosophical conversation and so on to affect our feelings, understanding of and reactions to wonder.

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List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction by Sophia Vasalou
1 Wonder: Toward a Grammar - Sophia Vasalou
2 From Biology to Spirituality: The Emotional Dynamics of Wonder - Robert Fuller
3 Wonder and the Beginning of Philosophy in Plato - Sylvana Chrysakopoulou
4 Wonder, Perplexity, Sublimity: Philosophy as the Self-Overcoming of Self-Exile in Heidegger and Wittgenstein - Stephen Mulhall
5 Heidegger’s Caves: On Dwelling in Wonder - Mary-Jane Rubenstein
6 Wonder and Cognition - Derek Matravers
7 The Microscopic Glance: Spiritual Exercises, the Microscope, and the Practice of Wonder in Early Modern Science - Claude Olivier Doron
8 LiteraryWonder in the Seventeenth Century and the Origins of "Aesthetic Experience" - Alexander Rueger
9 The Conception of Camatkâra in Indian Aesthetics - Michel Hulin
10 Wonderment Today in the Abrahamic Traditions - David B. Burrell, CSC
Index of Authors

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Sophia Vasalou completed a PhD in Islamic theology at the University of Cambridge in 2006. She has since been a research fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and taught at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin. She is the author of 'Moral Agents and Their Deserts' (2008).

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...every essay should interest researchers in religious experience and ritual. (Hugo Enrique Mendez, The University of Georgia, USA Theological Book Review, Vol. 25, No.2, 2013)

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