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Living with Tiny AliensThe Image of God for the Anthropocene$
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Adam Pryor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288311

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.001.0001

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Living-Into Presence, Wonder, and Play

Living-Into Presence, Wonder, and Play

(p.146) Chapter 8 Living-Into Presence, Wonder, and Play
Living with Tiny Aliens

Adam Pryor

Fordham University Press

This chapter develops three pivotal themes for affecting others such that they become more attentive to participating in a non-individualistic account of the imago Dei understood as being an ‘artful planet’: presence, wonder, and play. These themes are equiprimordial existential structures that aid us in ordering human experiences. Presence, broadly speaking, is a disposition or orientation; it names an existential commitment to being aware of the intra-active, non-separable difference that subtends our lived experiences. Wonder is a mood or an attitude that allows the world to appear to us with an openness or ‘making proximate’ of those desires that are askew to our predominant, norming orientations: an attentiveness to disorientations. Finally, play is an expression of freedom. It allows us to explore and construct worlds of other possibilities that are engrossing; with these acts of imagination we act ‘as if’ this possible world is, which then imparts meaning to our ordinary living in the world.

Keywords:   Ahmed, Sarah, disorientation, flesh, Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, phenomenology, presence, play, queer phenomenology, wonder

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