The Aesthetics of Enchantment

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 65)


There are two preliminary things to be stated at the outset of any philosophical consideration of enchantment. First, traditional philosophy has been antagonistic toward the idea of enchantment: as a foundational discipline of reason, philosophy has defined itself in opposition to the non-rational. The main traditions of philosophy have regarded any form of discourse other than that centered in reason as alien, the other, as something which obscures or undermines those procedures which alone can determine knowledge and value. I presume here that enchantment would be considered “non-rational”, and also that such a designation is problematic in a number of ways.


Traditional Philosophy Aesthetic Experience Fairy Tale Human Consciousness Ordinary Experience 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity UniversityUSA

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