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Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date July 16, 2001
Pages 213
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691088136
ISBN-10 0691088136
Dimensions 0.50 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $36.95
Other format details university press
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It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, this book is a powerful and innovative contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary conversation about the deep connections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics.

As Bennett describes it, enchantment is a sense of openness to the unusual, the captivating, and the disturbing in everyday life. She guides us through a wide and often surprising range of sources of enchantment, showing that we can still find enchantment in nature, for example, but also in such unexpected places as modern technology, advertising, and even bureaucracy. She then explains how everyday moments of enchantment can be cultivated to build an ethics of generosity, stimulating the emotional energy and honing the perceptual refinement necessary to follow moral codes. Throughout, Bennett draws on thinkers and writers as diverse as Kant, Schiller, Thoreau, Kafka, Marx, Weber, Adorno, and Deleuze. With its range and daring, The Enchantment of Modern Life is a provocative challenge to the centuries-old ''narrative of disenchantment,'' one that presents a new ''alter-tale'' that discloses our profound attachment to the human and nonhuman world.



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from Princeton Univ Pr (July 1, 2001)
9780691088129 | details & prices | 213 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $67.50
About: It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition.
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from Princeton Univ Pr (July 16, 2001); titled "Enchantment of Modern Life: Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics"
9780691088136 | details & prices | 213 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $36.95
About: It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition.

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