Tobias Haberl: The Great Disenchantment. Blessing Verlag (Paperback, 21st century, c 2000 to c 2100)

The Great Disenchantment

On the deceptive happiness of the people of today

Original Title: Die große Entzauberung

Paperback, with flaps, 288 pages, 13.5 x 20.6 cm, 5.3 x 8.1 in.
ISBN: 978-3-89667-645-0
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Blessing

Date of publication: November 11, 2019
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Tobias  Haberl - The Great Disenchantment


Non-ambiguous, rational and completely digitalised – is that what a free and happy life is about?

A hundred years ago Max Weber lamented the "disenchantment of the world" – the "belief that in principal there are no mysterious, unpredictable powers, but rather that one can, in principle, master all things by calculation".

In this book, Tobias Haberl speaks out against this unease, to wit the disenchantment of our lives. For life is reasonable, digitalised, insured, marketable, equipped with a moral quality seal, sleek and well lit. We are in control of everything. But have we found freedom and happiness?

Haberl's polemic asks awkward questions. Is it possible that we are getting richer and at the same time poorer, surer and at the same time more fearful, more unpolitical and at the same time more radical? And Haberl introduces the opponents of control, namely those wanting to re-enchant our world: unreason and glamour, spontaneity and easy-goingness, naturalness and proximity.

Caustic, literary, personal: a rousing essay against the zeitgeist and for forgotten virtues.


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