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In this paper, I argue that lostness is the life of wonder and that it carries the weight of human striving as understood in the neo-Aristotelian tradition exemplified by philosophers such as Martha Nussbaum and Michael Thompson. Being lost in wonder is an especially important part of human dynamism without which our excellence, or virtue, cannot be grasped. I explore the first part of this argument in some detail and situate it within the wider question I am pursuing about a politics of wonder in conditions of dissensus. Overall, I seek a revised understanding of democracy as collective capacity grounded in isonomy - (revised to mean) equality in finding the sense in shared life. Being lost in wonder is important for how isonomy can emerge from dissensus.
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Bendik-Keymer, Jeremy, "Lostness" (2019). Faculty Scholarship. 143.