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Disenchanting IndiaOrganized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India$
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Johannes Quack

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812608.001.0001

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Rationalization and Disenchantment

Rationalization and Disenchantment

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Disenchanting India

Johannes Quack

Oxford University Press

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

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