NEW: The Pursuit of Wonder

The Pursuit of Wonder

Engulfed in the details of our daily lives and surrounded by a culture that promotes the instant availability of answers, we exchange our capacity to wonder for the safety that arrives with certainty. The result is nothing short of tragic: we live longer, but lead smaller lives. This course merges the philosophical and the practical, thinking through the implications of wonder (as awe) against the practice of wonder (as questioning). Students will be encouraged to think through their individual entrances to wonder throughout the course, working to deepen the space of the question instead of searching after answers. Each class will present students with the possibility of homework, to be discussed in the following class. There is a suggested donation of $80 for each course, made payable to the Center for Humanist Inquiries, but all are welcome to attend. The suggested donation for two classes is $150, and the suggested donation for all three is $200. Although anyone is free to attend or watch/participate without registration and without payment, I would also appreciate if you could register by emailing me at to let me know which classes you would like to attend.

More information about individual version of this class can be found in the dropdown menu below. Class times and meeting places are as follows:

Live lectures for Philosophical Invitations will be presented from 4-5 in room 209 of the Senior Center in Iowa City on Wednesdays (starting 20 July). For those unable to be present during that time, I’m hoping to post videos by the following day. Each class will cover one chapter of Miller’s book, one per week. In the Throe of Wonder will be available at Prairie Lights.

Live discussions for Personal Intimations will be offered from 12-1 on Thursday in room 205 of the Senior Center (starting 21 July), and live discussions for Political Intimations will be offered Tuesdays (starting on 26 July) from 12:30-1:30 in room 209 of the Senior Center. For both, I’m hoping to provide either an audio file or written notes for those unable to be present locally during that time. Once again, please register by emailing the address above, designating whether you’ll be attending live or following primarily online.