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Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright

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Preface Disenchantment

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pp. 1-76

For many years, in many ways, I have been exploring what others describe as the disenchantment of the world and its reenchantments. I would now acknowledge this explicitly. Yet to name the goal reenchantment takes disenchantment for granted as the condition of modern life. On one...

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Introduction: Death of Nature

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pp. 77-126

Closely allied with the death of the gods and its disenchantments is the death of nature. If such a death be possible. In both cases the disenchanted claim is not that god or nature once lived and now has died—that would be enchanting—but that a certain view of nature has become predominant...

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1. Nature’s Enchantments

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pp. 127-156

Enchantments shimmer everywhere, covered over with disenchantment. Disenchantment darkens every place, irradiated by enchantments. Enchantment echoes everywhere, obscured by disenchantments. In the introduction I explored this coupling in the context of authors who represent...

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2. Truth’s Enchantments

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pp. 157-190

In greek, truth and knowledge are unforgetting (anamnēsis). Knowledge and truth emerge from darkness, forgetting, untruth. With religion. If we take this seriously—I mean of course enchantedly— then against the view that truth is given, untruth its failing, that knowledge is the standard, error...

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3. The Good Enchanting

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pp. 191-220

Cherishment calls from the good as general economy. beyond accounting. Sacrifice responds as restricted economy, accounting for everything. Enchantment calls from the good as cherishment. Disenchantment responds as sacrifice. Disenchantment betrays enchantment—reveals it in violation, desecration...

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4. Art Enchanting

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pp. 221-255

Against the possibility that art today is enchanting, that it offers enchantments in the midst of disenchantments, art must find its social purpose, must take on its responsibilities. It is time for another purposeful change. It is time for a different collective project that...

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5. Enchanting Bodies

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pp. 257-296

As a political insistence, we do not know what bodies can do speaks against the attempt to regulate and control them. As an epistemological insistence, it speaks against every claim to know them finally. Under the name of enchantment, it speaks against the claim that material things are disenchanted...

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6. Betraying Enchantment

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pp. 297-341

I have questioned many proposals for reenchantment because they did not betray betrayal, because they imagined enchantment as if it were free and innocent, as if it did not betray innocence and freedom and itself. Human beings and animals have been sacrificed on the altar of gods and spirits...

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7. Beyond Enchanting

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pp. 343-365

An incredible story—and I mean to emphasize story and the meters that attend it. A story can hardly turn up unattended, un-ornamented. In our disenchanted time we in the west have relegated the attendants of story, language, exposition to ornaments— to parerga (if there be such) that do not convey...

Notes

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pp. 367-386

Bibliography

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pp. 387-455

Index

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pp. 457-478