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A Sense of Wonder: Revisiting the „First of the Passions“

Sophia Vasalou


This learning paper offers an overview of the formative context and content of my recently published book, Wonder: A Grammar, focusing on some of the challenges the project faced and the insights that emerged from it. Many of these challenges related to the basic task of fixing the boundaries and identity of the subject. They reflect, among other things, the linguistic basis of our access to emotional concepts, the historical change these concepts have undergone, the linguistic idiosyncrasies of wonder, but also the unstable place of wonder in our everyday lives. Responding to these challenges is a partly matter of re-educating expectations about what it means to answer the question „What is wonder?“ and striking a balance between „fixing“ the subject and remaining sensitive to its fluid boundaries.