I’m Michael Norton, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I work mostly on philosophy of religion, phenomenology, and deconstruction.

Thaumagraph is my blog. The word “thaumagraph” comes from two words in ancient Greek: γράφειν (to write), and θαυμάζειν (to wonder). The second word is associated with the motivating impulse of philosophy. In this context it’s usually translated as “wonder”, “bewilderment”, or “awe” – but it can also carry the sense of “befuddlement” or “confusion”, which I prefer. Because philosophy can begin in reverent awe, but also in everyday not-getting-it.



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