The Enchanted World: The World We Have Lost?

Datum: 23 november 2017

Locatie: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Room S.004 - Lange Sint-Annastraat 7 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Tijdstip: 13 - 20 uur

Organisatie / co-organisatie: Herbert De Vriese & Guy Vanheeswijck

Korte beschrijving: Study day on (dis)enchantment organized by the Center for European Philosophy

Description and program
Classical theories of the disenchantment of the world as well as recent justifications for the idea of its re-enchantment operate on the assumption that the enchanted world is a world we have lost: a world considered to have vanished completely with the progressive unfolding of modern western civilization. This widespread assumption will serve as a vehicle for inquiry and reflection during this study day.

First of all, it will be analyzed what is commonly understood by the concept of the enchanted world. Taking Balthasar Bekker’s The Enchanted World (1691) as a point of departure, different aspects of the original condition of enchantment will be explored and different interpretations of the enchanted world will be distinguished from each other. Second, attention will be drawn to influential theories of disenchantment (Weber, Gauchet, Taylor, Bilgrami) in order to define and examine what has generally been described as the major causes for the destruction of the enchanted world.

Finally, while taking into account different possible interpretations of the original condition of enchantment, it will be investigated and discussed to what extent the progressive unfolding of modern western civilization can be understood as the utter destruction of a previously enchanted world, or should rather be viewed as a piecemeal, ambivalent or even ineffective emancipation from it.

13:00 -- Part I: The Enchanted World (lecture and reading seminar) 

15:00 -- Part II: The World We Have Lost (lecture and reading seminar) 

17:00 -- Soup & sandwich dinner

18:00 -- Part III: The World We Have Lost? (workshop and discussion)

No prior reading or preparation is required. All the study material will be provided in printed and electronic form at the start of the study day.

Inkomprijs: € 20

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