Differentiation vs. Disenchantment: A Scholarly Debate

November 6, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

Max Weber’s work, particularly his Zwischenbetrachtung (“Religious Rejections of the World and Their Directions”), forms the foundation of the related and highly influential theories of disenchantment of the world and of modern social differentiation. In their presentations, Spanish sociologist Josetxo Beriaín and German sociologist Daniel Witte subjected both theories to critical scrutiny and offered suggestions on how to advance sociological theory moving forward. Following their presentations, there was a debate moderated by Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova.

Lunch was served.


“Genealogy of the Disenchantment of the World”
Josetxo Beriaín, Universidad Pública de Navarra

“From Differentiation Theory to Comparative Differentiation Research: Law, Politics, Religion, and Culture in the German Circumcision Debate”
Daniel Witte, Bonn University

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