Beyond Disenchantment

Spring 2020

HON 3V70 / PHIL 4324 / GTX 4V99, section 1

Max Weber famously wrote about “the disenchantment of the world,” but historians and theorists from Charles Taylor to Jason Josephson-Storm have shown that the world never stays disenchanted, that we oscillate between a world drained of magic and a world full of it. Is there a way out of this oscillation? There are perhaps three: the “technological sublime” (when technology becomes “magical”); a reabsorption of the human into “Nature”; and what Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls “this-worldly Christianity.” The purpose of this course is to explore these three alternatives for our future. We will explore the possibilities through reading fiction, poetry, theology, and philosophy.

Readings:

  1. Technology and Sublimity

  2. Back to Nature

  3. This-Worldly Christianity and the New Creation


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