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.


  1. Technology and Sublimity

  2. Back to Nature

  3. This-Worldly Christianity and the New Creation