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Wonder: From Emotion to Spirituality [Hardcover]

By Robert C. Fuller (Author)
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The attempt to identify the emotional sources of religion goes back to antiquity. In an exploration that bridges science and spirituality, Robert Fuller makes the convincing case that a sense of wonder is a principal source of humanity's belief in the existence of an unseen order of life. Like no other emotion, Fuller argues, wonder prompts us to pause, admire, and open our hearts and minds.

With a voice that seamlessly blends the scientific and the contemplative, Fuller defines wonder in keeping with the tradition of Socrates--as an emotion related to curiosity and awe that stimulates engagement with the immediate physical world. He draws on the natural and social sciences to explain how wonder can, at the same time, elicit belief in the existence of a more-than-physical reality. Chapters examining emotions in evolutionary biology and the importance of wonder in human cognitive development alternate with chapters on John Muir, William James, and Rachel Carson, whom Fuller identifies as "exemplars of wonder." The writings and lives of these individuals express a functional side of emotion: that the very survival of life on earth today may depend on the empathy, compassion, and care that are aroused by a sense of wonder.

Forging new pathways between the social sciences, philosophy, and cultural history, "Wonder" deepens our understanding of the complex sources of personal spirituality and fulfillment.

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Wonder: From Emotion to Spirituality by Robert C. Fuller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 12/12/2005 page 53
  • Choice - 10/01/2006 page 313

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Studio: The University of North Carolina Press
Pages   188
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN  0807829951  
ISBN13  9780807829950  

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Robert C. Fuller is Professor of Religious Studies at Bradley University. His many books have focused on a wide range of topics, such as the cultural history of psychology, alternative medicine, and contemporary American religious thought.

Robert C. Fuller currently resides in Peoria, in the state of Illinois. Robert C. Fuller was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Lancaster, Pennsylvania Bradley University Bradley University Bradley.

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An opportunity to experience wonder  Aug 28, 2007

Just like Heidegger when he proposes that at the beginning of the Greek philosophy the fundamental emotional state was wonder, and that in the modern culture the ruling mood is alarm. The multidisciplinary development that Robert Fuller shows in his book "Wonder" turns out to be an invitation to think about why we have lost the capacity to wonder. While our mood allows it, every minute in our daily routine could be an opportunity to experience wonder.

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