Wonder as a morally formative experience

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Abstract

Deep wonder is a response to the mystery of existence. It includes the experience of a ‘meaning gap’, a breakdown of meaning: your frameworks of understanding fall short. But deep wonder also contains the suggestion of new meaning – the hint of a promise that the meaning gap can be closed. Its moral-developmental potential is therefore ambiguous: it may reveal the world as mysterious but precious, and thus become a morally ‘in-formative’ experience – or it may shatter our sense of meaningfulness of the world, becoming morally ‘ex-formative’. Moral education should therefore attend to the meaning gap that surfaces in wonder.

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Association for Moral Education
Abbreviated titleAME conference
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period8/11/1810/11/18

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Keywords

  • Wonder, moral experience, moral education

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Schinkel, A. (2018). Wonder as a morally formative experience. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Barcelona, Spain.
Schinkel, Anders. / Wonder as a morally formative experience. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Barcelona, Spain.
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