Rationalization and Disenchantment

Johannes Quack

in Disenchanting India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199812608
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919406 | DOI:
Rationalization and Disenchantment

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The third chapter distinguishes between the notions rationality, rationalism, and rationalisation as employed by Max Weber and reviews the way in which Weber and Charles Taylor understand the concept of disenchantment. The argument here is that Indian rationalists’ attempt to disenchant India on the basis of their belief that there are no mysterious incalculable forces that exist in the world. According to them, all things can, in principle, be explained by modern science. Further, reasons are given as to why some of Taylor's insights are drawn on in the ethnographic section in particular, without a full subscription to his larger theoretical approach.

Keywords: rationality; rationalism; rationalisation; disenchantment; modern science; Max Weber; Charles Taylor

Chapter.  5787 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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