Balanced Wonder (Innbundet)

Experiential Sources of Imagination, Virtue, and Human Flourishing


Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2019
Antall sider: 244
Forlag: Lexington Books
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9781498587778
Omtale Balanced Wonder
In Balanced Wonder: Experiential Sources of Imagination, Virtue, and Human Flourishing, Jan B. W. Pedersen digs deep into the alluring topic of wonder and argues in a scholarly yet accessible way that the experience of wonder when balanced serves as a strong contributor to human flourishing. Along the way Pedersen describes seven properties of wonder and shows how wonder is distinct from other altered states, including awe, horror, the sublime, curiosity, amazement, admiration, and astonishment.
Examining the contribution of both emotion and imagination in the experience of wonder--filtered through the Neo-Aristotelian work of philosophers Douglas Rasmussen, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Martha Nussbaum--Pedersen also makes it clear that wonder may contribute to human flourishing in various ways, such as widening of perception, extension of moral scope or sensitivity, a wondrous afterglow, openness, humility, an imaginative attitude, reverence, and gratitude. Importantly, for wonder to act as a strong contributor to human flourishing one needs to wonder at the right thing, in the right amount, in the right time, in the right way, and for the right purpose.

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