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Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment

David Morgan


Advocates of the ideology of modern progress and rationalism are fond of regarding human beings as rational agents and the universe as a collection of inanimate things that obey laws and do not exhibit agency. Yet evidence of nonrational practices of enchantment abounds in every part of human life: people commonly regard things as capable of independent action and expect the universe to respond to their desire for magic, miracles, and action at a distance. Clearly, rationalism is not as pervasive or singularly influential as some would insist. Enchantment consists of the things we do and how w ... More

Keywords: enchantment, disenchantment, images, network, chance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190272111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190272111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Morgan, author
Duke University