Saturday, July 28, 2018

Max Webers, the disenchantment of the world, rationalization

The disenchantment of the world is the process whereby magic and spiritual mystery is driven from the world, nature is managed and rather than enchanted, the spiritual loses social significance, and institutions and laws do not depend on religion for their legitimation.

Max Webers ideas about the disenchantment of the world, which
refer to the gradual decline of the appearance of the world as a magic garden, dominated by
mysterious and unpredictable powers, controllable by magical means only.
this magic garden gives way not only to the idea of an inanimate nature, controllable by means
of technology, based on scientific knowledge, but also to the skeptical idea that no such thing as
an objective meaning exists. So, with the disenchantment of the world, the idea that meaning
is inevitably a human creation, lacking any meta-social or supernatural foundation, becomes
increasingly widespread. As a consequence, Webers ideas on the disenchantment of the world

thesis of rationalization: the idea that the space left over for religion decreases with the rise of the conviction that true and objective scientific knowledge exists
--the growth of scientific knowledge pushes religion to the margins of modern consciousness

This thesis of rationalization should not be confused with Max Webers' ideas about the disenchantment of the world

Houtman, D., & Mascini, P. (2002). Why Do Churches Become Empty, While New Age Grows? Secularization and Religious Change in the Netherlands. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 41(3), 455-473. doi: doi:10.1111/1468-5906.00130

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