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The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age

Joshua Landy and Michael Saler


This is an interdisciplinary volume that challenges the long-prevailing view of modernity as “disenchanted.” There is of course something to the widespread idea, so memorably put into words by Max Weber, that modernity is characterized by the “progressive disenchantment of the world.” Yet what is less often recognized is the fact that a powerful counter-tendency runs alongside this one, an overwhelming urge to fill the vacuum left by departed convictions, and to do so without invoking superseded belief systems. In fact, modernity produces an array of strategies for re-enchantment, each fully c ... More

Keywords: modernity, Max Weber, progressive disenchantment, departed convictions, superseded belief systems, re-enchantment, secular rationality, God, traditional religion, religious enchantment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Landy, editor

Michael Saler, editor

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