Wonder as a morally formative experience

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2018
EventAnnual Conference of the Association for Moral Education - Hotel Alimara, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 Nov 201810 Nov 2018


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Association for Moral Education
Abbreviated titleAME conference


  • Wonder, moral experience, moral education


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