Wonder

Our English word ‘wonder’ translates the Greek verb thaumazein (usually rendered in Latin as admirari, although English ‘admiring’ only gets a part of the meaning). Both Plato (Theat. 155d) and Aristotle (Met. I.2, 982b 12ff.) insist that philosophy only begins when wonder is experienced. Since I am expected to seed wonder among my students as a teacher of […]