The Reenchantment of the World

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Cornell University Press, 1981 - Philosophy - 357 pages
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The Reenchantment of the World is a perceptive study of our scientific consciousness and a cogent and forceful challenge to its supremacy. Focusing on the rise of the mechanistic idea that we can know the natural world only by distancing ourselves from it, Berman shows how science acquired its controlling position in the consciousness of the West. He analyzes the holistic, animistic tradition—destroyed in the wake of Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—which viewed man as a participant in the cosmos, not as an isolated observer. Arguing that the holistic world view must be revived in some credible form before we destroy our society and our environment, he explores the possibilities for a consciousness appropriate to the modern era. Ecological rather than animistic, this new world view would be grounded in the real and intimate connection between man and nature.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
11
The Birth of Modern Scientific Consciousness
25
Consciousness and Society in Early Modern Europe
47
The Disenchantment of the World 1
67
The Disenchantment of the World 2
115
Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics
133
Eros Regained
153
Tomorrows Metaphysics 1
191
Tomorrows Metaphysics 2
235
The Politics of Consciousness
265
Notes
301
Glossary
343
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Morris Berman has held visiting professorships in the United States & abroad, most recently at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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