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The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Jason A. Josephson-Storm


A great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Josephson-Storm argues that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is wrong, as attempts to suppress magic have failed more often than they have succeeded. Even the human sciences have been more enchanted than is commonly supposed. But that raises the question: How did a magical, spiritualist, mesmerized Europe ever convince itself that it was disenchanted? This book traces the history of the myth of disenchantment in the births of philosophy, anthropo ... More

Keywords: religion, magic, science, history of the social sciences, western esotericism, Max Weber, history of philosophy, religious studies, enlightenment, disenchantment, modernity, mythology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226403229
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason A. Josephson-Storm, author
Williams College