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Re-enchantment: What is it? Who wants it? Max Weber used the German word Entzauberung (the elimination of magic) when he introduced the concept of disenchantment in his seminal 1917 lecture, “Science as a Vocation.” But what Weber meant was never exactly clear. Elusive as it is, Weber’s concept has generally been taken to mean the displacement of the numinous (including, but not restricted to, orthodox belief) by the powers of reason and science, the so-called “rationalization” of the world. But if the world truly became disenchanted—a subject of some debate—are we now witnessing a kind of re-enchantment?
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Paul Nedelisky is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute. His research interests center on issues in metaphysics and ethics. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2013. While a Postdoctoral Fellow, Nedelisky's work has focused on writing a book with James Davison Hunter on scientific approaches to morality. Their book is under contract with Yale University Press. Nedelisky's work in metaphysics primarily concerns the nature of the fundamental constituents of reality--the basic building blocks of...