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The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion

Gordon Graham


This book takes as its starting point Max Weber's contention that contemporary Western culture is marked by a ‘disenchantment of the world’ — the loss of spiritual value in the wake of religion's decline and the triumph of the physical and biological sciences. Relating themes in Hegel, Nietzsche, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer, and Gadamer to topics in contemporary philosophy of the arts, it explores the idea that Art, now freed from its previous service to religion, has the potential to re-enchant the world. The book develops an argument that draws on the strengths of both ‘analytical’ and ‘con ... More

Keywords: Max Weber, Idealism, secularism, the sacred, contemporary art, surrealism, narrative, music, architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Graham, author
Princeton Theological Seminary
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