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The re-enchantment of the world : secular magic in a rational age

Author: Joshua Landy; Michael T Saler
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2009.
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"The Re-Enchantment of the World 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,  Read more...
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Re-enchantment of the world.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2009
(OCoLC)608893354
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Landy; Michael T Saler
ISBN: 9780804752992 0804752990
OCLC Number: 231031736
Description: xiii, 387 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the varieties of modern enchantment / Joshua Landy and Michael Saler --
"Broken knowledge" / Andrea Nightingale --
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered : William James's feeling of 'if' / Linda Simon --
Waste lands and silly valleys : Wittgenstein, mass culture, and re-enchantment / Michael Saler --
Homeless gardens / Robert Harrison --
The modernist imagination of place and the politics of regionalism : Puig i Cadafalch and early 20th-century Barcelona / Maiken Umbach --
Modern magic : Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and Stéphane Mallarmé / Joshua Landy --
The rocambolesque and the modern enchantment of popular fiction / Robin Walz --
"Lost in focused intensity" : spectator sports and strategies of re-enchantment / Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht --
Permanent re-enchantments : on some literary uses of the supernatural from early empiricism to modern aesthetics / Nicholas Paige --
Gnosophilia : Bloch, Benjamin, and the authority of counter-tradition / Daniel Jiro Tanaka --
The birth of ideology from the spirit of myth : Georges Sorel among the idéologues / Dan Edelstein --
Nietzsche on redemption and transfiguration / R. Lanier Anderson --
Epilogue : what hearing knows / Michel Serres.
Responsibility: edited by Joshua Landy and Michael Saler.
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Modernity produces an array of strategies for re-enchantment, each fully compatible with secular rationality. This book presents these strategies. It challenges the long-prevailing view of modernity  Read more...

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