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The Power of the Sacred: An Alternative to the Narrative of Disenchantment

Hans Joas


“Disenchantment” is a key term in the self-understanding of modernity. But what exactly does this concept mean? What was its original meaning when Max Weber introduced it? And can the conventional meaning or Max Weber’s view really be defended, given the present state of knowledge about the history of religion? This book attempts to divest this concept of its enduring enchantment. The first chapters of the book deal with three empirical disciplines—history, psychology, and sociology of religion—to develop an understanding of religion that then lays the groundwork for chapter 4, which amounts t ... More

Keywords: disenchantment, Max Weber, sacralization, power, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190933272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190933272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Joas, author
Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Humboldt University of Berlin