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The Myth of DisenchantmentMagic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences$
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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

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The Myth of Modernity

The Myth of Modernity

(p.302) Conclusion The Myth of Modernity
The Myth of Disenchantment

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion spells out the implications of the work as a whole. It addresses three Foucauldian doubts about the myth of disenchantment or “modernity paradigm” that have been animating this work as a whole: the historical doubt (is the disenchantment of the world truly an established historical pattern?), the critical-historical doubt (how, in the face of vibrant spiritualist and magical movements, did European societies come to think of themselves as disenchanted?), and the politico-theoretical doubt (have the workings of domination in Euro-American societies really belonged primarily to the mode of disenchantment?). This chapter devotes a section to addressing each of these doubts, and in so doing tie together some of the threads that have been woven throughout this book.

Keywords:   Modernity, Postmodernity, Postmodernism, Disenchantment, Modernism, Myth, Foucault, Bruno Latour, human sciences, philosophy

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