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Book: Enchantment

Chapter: The Future of Enchantment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43971


In the conclusion, I argue that recent attempts to ‘reclaim’ enchantment and to free the concept from its associations with magical thinking and delusion are largely misguided. Instead, I argue that related terms (awe, wonder) could easily replace enchantment and insist the concept’s dual nature (both magical thinking and delight) is precisely what makes it such a useful concept for understanding the forms of contemporary belief and practice explored in the final chapter.

Chapter Contributors

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