The Experience of Enchantment and the Sense of Wonder

Curry, Patrick (2021) The Experience of Enchantment and the Sense of Wonder. Green Letters, 25 (2). pp. 115-129. ISSN 2168-1414

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This paper begins by drawing on accounts of enchantment as wonder by three authors (Alain-Fournier, Aldous Huxley and J.R.R. Tolkien) to explore its basic characteristics and dynamics. It then draws a contrast with the disenchantment attending will and the will-to-power, noting the internal affinity of the latter with the project of modernity and its contrast with enchantment as a non-modern experience. It then proceeds to a critique of three influential philosophers’ portrayals of enchantment (Philip Fisher, Jane Bennett and Akeel Bilgrami, as well as Charles Taylor), which it faults for not paying closer attention to the implications of the experience of enchantment. It closes with a plea for philosophy aligned with the humanities rather than sciences.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 03-04-2021; issued 03-04-2021; epub 19-05-2021.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enchantment, disenchantment, re-enchantment, wonder, modernity, humanities
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities and Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 09:21
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 11:30

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