Emily Brady (Texas A&M University) on “The Sublime and Wonder”

March 2021, Monday 15th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Venue: BigBlueButton room

Abstract: This paper explores the contemporary relevance of the sublime and wonder to questions and issues within the context of nature, environment, aesthetics, and religion. I begin with a brief, recent history of aesthetic and religious discussions of sublimity, before examining the contemporary sublime in relation to ‘other-regarding attitudes’ toward nature.
I then consider recent cross-disciplinary discussions of varieties of wonder and show how wonder invites receptivity in relation to the more-than-human world. In the concluding section, I offer a comparison of the sublime and wonder in order to show the different ways in which they support sympathetic attitudes with respect to the environment.

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