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The Enchantment of Modern Life : Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics - Jane Bennett

The Enchantment of Modern Life

Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics

Paperback Published: 16th July 2001
ISBN: 9780691088136
Number Of Pages: 224

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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.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Wonder of Minor Experiencesp. 3
Queasinessp. 3
A Brief Phenomenology of Enchantmentp. 5
Reuse and Recyclep. 6
Enchantment without Designp. 9
Joyful Attachmentp. 12
How the Story Goesp. 13
Cross-Species Encountersp. 17
Crossings and Enchantmentp. 17
Andoar's Transcendencep. 18
Rotpeter's Way Outp. 19
Alex Changes the Subjectp. 21
Body without Organsp. 24
My Wagerp. 28
Marvels and Monstersp. 30
The Marvelous Worlds of Paracelsus, Kant, and Deleuzep. 33
The Satyrion Rootp. 34
Enchantment and Repetitionp. 36
Kantian Wondersp. 40
Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Thinkerp. 49
Disenchantment Talesp. 56
"It's a Calculable World,"p. 57
"Disenchantment without Regret,"p. 65
"An Ethics of Finitude"p. 75
Toward an Enchanted Materialismp. 80
Complexity and Enchantmentp. 91
Thoreau's Naturep. 92
Latour's Networkp. 95
The Return of the Swervep. 99
Lawful Nature as a Regulative Idealp. 102
The Bifurcation Point as a Swervep. 103
Social Complexity and Kafkaesque Enchantmentp. 104
Commodity Fetishism and Commodity Enchantmentp. 111
Swinging Khakisp. 111
The Dangers of Commodity Culturep. 114
The Commodity as Fetishp. 116
Marx and the Swervep. 119
The Critical Potential of (Commercial) Artp. 121
Affect and Thoughtp. 124
Repetitionp. 126
Yea Sayingp. 127
The Limits of Refusalp. 128
Ethical Energeticsp. 131
The Aesthetic Dispositionp. 131
Moral Sentimentsp. 133
Aesthetic Play and the Barbarism of Reasonp. 137
Schiller to Foucault: Micropractices of Ethicsp. 144
The Dangers of Aestheticizationp. 148
Language and the Code Dimension of Ethicsp. 152
The Ethics of Enchanted Materialismp. 156
Attachments and Refrainsp. 159
Enchantment as a Weak Ontologyp. 160
The Sonorous Cosmosp. 166
Attachment as a Giftp. 168
Plants, Ants, Robopets, and Other Enchanting Thingsp. 169
Notesp. 175
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780691088136
ISBN-10: 0691088136
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th July 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.2  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.33