ISBN 978-1782506096
Paperback 152 pages
Publisher: Floris Books (17 Oct. 2019)
Product Dimensions 15.49 x 1.52 x 23.37 cm


Enchantment is a profound human experience. When we encounter wonder, awe or amazement, that is enchantment. Enchantment can reveal profound truths, lead to deep values and become central to a life well-lived.

This unique book explores how enchantment plays out in a wide range of contexts — in love, art, religion and learning, in food and drink, and perhaps most significantly in our relationship with the natural world.

Patrick Curry argues that modernist attempts to undermine or dismiss enchantment as a delusion are not only misguided but dangerous, potentially leading to a disengagement with our world that could have disastrous consequences for our future on this planet.


‘This is a delightful, not to say enchanting book about enchantment and the possibilities for wonder in modern life in an era increasingly characterised by disenchantment… The text is beautifully woven, with many magical excerpts and episodes from the author’s wide reading and extensive experience… A crucial reminder of what represents real quality of life.’
~David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network

‘Patrick Curry suggests that the opposite of enchantment is not disenchantment but glamour. Like Jung when he stated that the opposite of love is not hatred but power, Curry shows how glamour is a fabricated, false, fake version of enchantment. His demonstration is extremely convincing. Reading him, one feels like opening one’s eyes wider.’
~Ginette Paris, author of The Wisdom of the Psyche

‘As Patrick Curry argues eloquently in his thoughtful examination of the human condition in these challenging modern times, enchantment is an experience of wonder. This is no mere academic exercise, although he is surprisingly erudite in his choice of texts, writers and cultural icons to illustrate his thoughts on this vital feature of being fully human. Nor is this a fluffy ‘New Age’ extended essay on how much better this world would be if we were all nice to each other. Much of the material is philosophical or poetic in nature, drawn from inspirational writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Max Weber, and W.H. Auden. Although mainly positive in tone, Curry does not hold back from stating things as they are. He is passionately scathing in denunciation of elements in the present world that seek to enslave the human race as little more than robots.’
~Magonia Review


Wonder in Modern Life

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Dynamics of Enchantment

3. Love

4. Art

5. Religion

6. Food and Drink

7. Learning

8. Nature

9. Disenchantment

10. Technoscience

11. Enchantment as a Way of Life


A Bibliographical Note



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