Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond (Hardcover)

Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond By Steven E. Knepper, William Desmond (Foreword by) Cover Image

Wonder Strikes: Approaching Aesthetics and Literature with William Desmond (Hardcover)

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William Desmond argues that philosophy, religion, and art begin in wonder. Desmond is widely recognized for his original metaphysics and his provocative philosophy of religion. Desmond's extensive writings on aesthetics, art, and literature, however, have received much less attention. Wonder Strikes is the first book-length examination of these dimensions of Desmond's thought. It offers nuanced commentary on his treatment of beauty and the sublime; his accounts of tragedy and comedy; and his argument that, having asked too much of art in modernity, we now ask too little. Desmond claims that art, philosophy, and religion must recover their ancient kinship and their shared roots in wonder if they are to counter the destructive instrumentalism of our time.
Steven E. Knepper is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies at the Virginia Military Institute.
Product Details ISBN: 9781438489551
ISBN-10: 1438489552
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2022
Pages: 293
Language: English