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The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences Paperback – Illustrated, May 16, 2017

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"The implications of this book are vast and potentially revolutionary for the humanities. Josephson-Storm's mastery over the history of western philosophy, his sharp eye for the magical lives of the intellectuals, and his expertise in Japanese religion render his voice uniquely multidimensional, utterly original, and eerily persuasive. I am deeply excited about The Myth of Disenchantment and what it portends for both our academic fields and our human futures."
-Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred


"I know of no other study that offers such an ambitious reassessment of the genealogy of the notion of disenchantment. Building on impressive historical research, Josephson-Storm offers innovative readings of foundational social scientific and theoretical texts. This book is a major addition to the critical literature exploring the origins and nature of modernity."
-Randall Styers, author of Making Magic: Religion, Magic, and Science in the Modern World


"The Myth of Disenchantment is a work of considerable clarity and directness. . .notable for its lucidity. . . . The Myth of Disenchantment is essential reading for those interested in the history of the modern humanities. It is directly engaged in this emerging field, investigating the figures and practices that constitute the history of the study of religion, critical theory, and other 'human sciences.' It features insightful syntheses of previous work, as well as original research into both obscure and well-worn areas of inquiry. . . offers a strong basis for future work."
-History of Humanities

"The author displays impressive erudition in tackling what is, by any standards, a massive undertaking. . . Josephson-Storm exhaustively traces the development of Western thought on this subject through history to the present time, and convincingly argues that the magic never really went away after all. . . .While the underlying theme is eminently simple and understandable, some of the philosophical arguments become immensely complex. This book is a serious academic work. . .yet he reveals a capacity for lightness of touch. . . The Myth of Disenchantment is a most stimulating and informative book."
-Magonia Review of Books

"This is a significant book. The Myth of Disenchantment is ambitious and well written, horizon broadening and provocative. . . . It forces the sociologist to reconsider whether secularization and disenchantment are necessarily causally linked, and it vexes the science of religion's self-understanding as a disciplinary tradition with a safe distance from the object it interprets and explains. In other words, the book is definitely recommended for critical reading."
-Jørn Borup, Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift
 "The Myth of Disenchantment is a model monograph: a work that condenses a dizzying array of information into a tightly woven and significant argument and then relays it in easily understandable and enjoyable prose. Its impact on the field at large is sure to be felt."
-Journal of the American Academy of Religion

From the Author

I think of a book as opening a dialogue with readers.  In this respect, I want to be more open to email contact and conversation than is typical for academic authors. I'm always happy to discuss issues the book evokes, answer questions, or provide clarifications. You can email me via contact information on my academic website at Williams College or contact me on my blog (google Absolute-Disruption or find the link on my Amazon Author Page). I may not reply immediately, but I will respond. 
More about The Myth of Disenchantment can be found on my blog, which also includes errata and additional content (eventually including interviews with me about the book). 
For faculty members teaching the book, I'm also potentially available to Skype into your class. For this contact me through my college email. 

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  • Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 022640336X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226403366
  • Product Dimensions : 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press; Illustrated Edition (May 16, 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway through, I realize I am the wrong audience for this
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