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By the 1920s in Central Europe, it had become a truism among intellectuals that natural science had disenchanted the world, and in particular had reduced humans to mere mechanisms, devoid of higher purpose. But could a new science of wholeness heal what the old science of the machine had wrought? Some contemporary scientists thought it could. These years saw the spread of ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 31st 1999 by Princeton University Press (first published July 22nd 1996)
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Joshua Buhs
I wanted to like this book more than I did.

There are a couple of reasons, not all of which are fair.

The first reason is it is relatively dated. The book looks at the response of some German scientists to the perceived disenchantment of the world from about the 1890s until just after World War II. It starts, of course, with Max Weber’s famous talk,, “Science as a Vocation,” which Harrington interprets as Weber telling Germans that they would just have to suck it up and accept that the world was d
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