As always, something of interest from Sam at Becoming Integral.
There are some great essays in The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age, edited by Josh Landy and Michael Saler (Stanford UP, 2009). Overall, these essays are better than most of the usual fare on the topic of enchantment.
Typically, in most accounts, discussions of enchantment end up positing a very simplistic account of modernization. This comes from Max Weber’s famous description of “the disenchantment of the world” (die Entzauberung der Welt), which adopts Friedrich Schiller’s term “disenchantment.” Weber argued that processes of modern rationalization increasingly devalue and secularize the world, thus taking away all of its “magic” (Zauber). Here’s the narrative: having lost our premodern enchantment to modern disenchantment, our task now is to re-enchant the world. That’s simply not true!
Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern was the first book I read that showed that we have never been…
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