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Spirituality in the FleshBodily Sources of Religious Experiences$
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Robert C. Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369175

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.001.0001

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 Wonder and the Moral Emotions

 Wonder and the Moral Emotions

The Genesis of Aesthetic Spirituality

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(p.51) 3 Wonder and the Moral Emotions
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Spirituality in the Flesh
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Robert C. Fuller (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369175.003.0003

The emotion of wonder is among our genetically encoded programs for responding to unexpected features of the environment. Wonder is distinct from other emotions in its ability to foster receptivity, openness, metaphysical thinking, and moral sensitivity. Biological and psychological studies of wonder help us understand the moods and motivations that distinguish aesthetic spirituality or nature religion.

Keywords:   Rachel Carson, cognitive development, moral emotions, John Muir, nature religion, Jean Piaget, positive emotions, wonder

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