The Reenchantment of the World

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Cornell University Press, 1981 - Philosophy - 357 pages

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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I read Berman's Coming to Our Senses about thirty years ago and remember it having a large effect on my thinking. I finally got around to reading this earlier book. It really resonated with my ... Read full review

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The book was read in the hopes that one might find it a plea for the treatment of the world as an integrated system, but I didn't find it that engaging, or particularly focused. Read full review


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Morris Berman is an Independent Scholar and Visiting Professor in Sociology at the Catholic University of America. His books include Coming to Our Senses, Wandering God, The Twilight of American Culture, and Dark Ages America.

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