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Book: Enchantment

Chapter: Disenchantment as Modern Myth

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43966


In this chapter, I present an overview of several recent arguments against the disenchantment thesis. I question the historical bases for claims that pre-modernity was in fact enchanted, discuss the continued global prevalence of religious belief and affiliation, and consider sociological evidence that points to the continued relevance and popularity of supernatural beliefs and practices such as belief in ghosts and spirits, the popularity of astrology, and the prevalence of contemporary magical thinking.

Chapter Contributors

  • Ian Alexander Cuthbertson ( - iancuthbertson) 'Dawson College'