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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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Andrew is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Virginia. His interests include sociology of religion, social change, and altruism. He is currently working on his master's thesis exploring the cultural and social contexts that influence commitment to civic engagement, religion, family, and work. Other interests include sociological theories of culture and cognition, sociological approaches to morality, and the cultural logic of individualism in American culture. Andrew graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Political Science. Before his graduate studies, he worked in the nonprofit sector for...