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The Hedgehog Review

The Hedgehog ReviewCurrent Issue

Re-enchantment

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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"Religion and Philanthropy"

10 February 2016

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11 February 2016

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17 February 2016

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James Mumford

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James Mumford

Postdoctoral Wolterstorff Fellow

James Mumford's research interests include bioethics, political theology and modern Catholic social thought. He taught bioethics in the University of Virginia's philosophy department. His first book, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press and was widely reviewed in both religious and philosophical circles. Mumford was an undergraduate at Oxford and a Henry Fellow at Yale. From 2010-13 he worked for leading British political think-tank The Centre for Social Justice....

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