"The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences"
Theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Jason A. Josephson-Storm, chair and associate professor of religion at Williams College, argues that as broad cultural history goes, this narrative is wrong, as attempts to suppress magic have failed more often than they have succeeded. Even the human sciences have been more enchanted than is commonly supposed. But that raises the question: How did a magical, spiritualist, mesmerized Europe ever convince itself that it was disenchanted? Join us for a book talk and Q&A. Books will be on hand for sale and signing.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00pm
The Williams Bookstore
81 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
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