- Title: The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion
- Author: Marcel Gauchet
- ISBN: 9780691029375
- Page: 439
- Format: Paperback
Marcel Gauchet has launched one of the most ambitious and controversial works of speculative history recently to appear, based on the contention that Christianity is the religion of the end of religion In The Disenchantment of the World, Gauchet reinterprets the development of the modern west, with all its political and psychological complexities, in terms of mankind sMarcel Gauchet has launched one of the most ambitious and controversial works of speculative history recently to appear, based on the contention that Christianity is the religion of the end of religion In The Disenchantment of the World, Gauchet reinterprets the development of the modern west, with all its political and psychological complexities, in terms of mankind s changing relation to religion He views Western history as a movement away from religious society, beginning with prophetic Judaism, gaining tremendous momentum in Christianity, and eventually leading to the rise of the political state Gauchet s view that monotheistic religion itself was a form of social revolution is rich with implications for readers in fields across the humanities and social sciences.Life in religious society, Gauchet reminds us, involves a very different way of being than we know in our secular age we must imagine prehistoric times where ever present gods controlled every aspect of daily reality, and where ancestor worship grounded life s meaning in a far off past As prophecy oriented religions shaped the concept of a single omnipotent God, one removed from the world and yet potentially knowable through prayer and reflection, human beings became increasingly free Gauchet s paradoxical argument is that the development of human political and psychological autonomy must be understood against the backdrop of this double movement in religious consciousness the growth of divine power and its increasing distance from human activity.In a fitting tribute to this passionate and brilliantly argued book, Charles Taylor offers an equally provocative foreword Offering interpretations of key concepts proposed by Gauchet, Taylor also explores an important question Does religion have a place in the future of Western society The book does not close the door on religion but rather invites us to explore its socially constructive powers, which continue to shape Western politics and conceptions of the state.
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A political history of religion. In a nutshell, religion has developed from the animistic, to the pantheistic, to the monotheistic, to the messianic, to the atheistic. Each is a less effective means to control.
Άθλος, για όποιον κατσει να το διαβάσει προσεχτικά, άρα άθλος και για τη μεταφραστρια Ωραιες αυτές οι ιδέες σύνδεσης θρησκείας και πολιτικής αλλά απίστευτα περίπλοκο συντακτικό, χωρίς να υπάρχει λόγος να είναι τόσο δυσνόητο. Κρίμα, δηλαδή, γιατί η κεντρική ιδέα και κάποια α [...]
The most important account of the rise of the monotheistic faiths. Blows out of the water the others like Huston Smith (about whom I have many reservations) and Elaine Pagels and Karen Armstrong.
New and captivating ideas about our pastFrench thought, killed by Foucault, Derrida, Lacan and the Postmodern gang, appears resurrected by the likes of Gauchet. In physics the most deeply piercing ideas are the simplest, and in the form of seemingly unrelated phenomena – gravity seen as geometry for example. Gauchet’s ideas are like this. “Disenchantment” is emphatically not a political history of religion alone, but much more – a perspective on the development of ideas, civilization a [...]
I found "The Disenchantment of the World" awfully dry, but I was able to gain some things from it. I think that Gauchet's shift from society>religion to religion>society is a good one, and it makes sense. I found myself agreeing with Gauchet when it came to his understanding of how religion shaped the history of the West. Most of all, Gauchet's idea of "society as the subject of itself" is one that I've been thinking about for some time (within a Foucauldian framework). Gauchet offers a sy [...]
h/t Guy Fain.
Promises to be a balanced study, so far.
Dry and hard to get through, but provides a History of Religion up until now.
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