9. The Myth of Disenchantment - Jason Josephson-Storm


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I'm joined by Dr. Jason Josephson-Storm, chair of the Department of Religion at Williams College, to discuss his book, The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences. In it, he writes, "The most familiar story in the history of science is disenchantment - magic's exit from the henceforth law-governed world." In a thorough examination of science, philosophy, critical theory, and their connections with magic, Jason argues that this notion of disenchantment is in fact a myth. Along the way we discuss anti-disciplinarity, critiques of overspecialization, complexity, how to be vulnerable as an academic, how we were never modern or postmodern, Nagarjuna and emptiness in Buddhist philosophy, and the future of theory after postmodernism. Cover art/logo design by Jeff Wolfe Music by Poddington Bear

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