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Beyond oneself: the ethics and psychology of awe.

Authors
  • Paulson, Steve1
  • Sideris, Lisa2
  • Stellar, Jennifer3
  • Valdesolo, Piercarlo4
  • 1 Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • 2 Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana. , (India)
  • 3 University of Toronto, Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2021
Volume
1501
Issue
1
Pages
30–47
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/nyas.14323
PMID: 32519393
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Awe and wonder appear to be powerful emotions that can inform and shape our attitudes toward ourselves and others, especially in relation to the larger meaning and purpose of our lives. What are the psychological underpinnings of these universal emotions? How does awe, for example, relate to self-knowledge, and more generally to understanding the enigmatic contradictions of human nature? Is it possible to cultivate and develop this emotion as an ethical incentive in our relationships with others? Are awe and wonder capable of awakening and engendering moral transformation? Does the emotion of awe lie at the root of the religious impulse in humans? and Is there any room left for a sense of the miraculous in today's increasingly scientific and secular world? Professor of religious studies Lisa Sideris joins psychologists Jennifer Stellar and Piercarlo Valdesolo to explore how awe shapes our perspectives and views on everything from science to morality. © 2020 New York Academy of Sciences.

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