Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Myth of DisenchantmentMagic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jason A. Josephson-Storm

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226403229

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 17 October 2019

The World of Enchantment; or, Max Weber at the End of History

The World of Enchantment; or, Max Weber at the End of History

Chapter:
(p.269) Chapter Ten The World of Enchantment; or, Max Weber at the End of History
Source:
The Myth of Disenchantment
Author(s):

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0011

The final chapter, “The World of Enchantment; or, Max Weber at the End of History,” focuses on Max Weber’s preoccupation with “disenchantment” (Entzauberung) in the same period that Freud was formulating his own version of that myth. It complexies conventional readings of disenchantment by showing how the term fit into Weber’s theory of rationalization. Examining a set of Weber’s letters that have only recently been made available to scholars, the chapter argues that despite Weber’s reputation for being deaf to religion, “mysticism” was not wholly negative, but perhaps a positive reaction to the “iron cage” of modernity. It demonstrates that Weber came to theorize “the disenchantment of the world” (die Entzauberung der Welt) not out of frustration with Prussian bureaucracy, but rather in response to lodging at a Swiss neo-pagan commune.

Keywords:   Max Weber, Stefan George, The Disenchantment of the World, Neo-Paganism, Ascona, die Entzauberung der Welt, Mysticism, Rationalization, The Iron Cage, History of Sociology

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.