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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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Visiting Faculty Fellow
Johann Neem is Professor of History at Western Washington University. He received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia and his AB from Brown University. His book, Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (Harvard, 2008), examines, at a time when many Americans remain worried about “bowling alone,” why and how Americans learned to come together in the first place. Neem writes about democracy in the early American republic, and has also been a participant in the conversation about higher education in America....