Enchanting Reason


WHEN October 26, 2012
5-6:30 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North Part of "The New Middle East" WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

From the time of the Enlightenment, when the West first separated science from magic, imagination and reason became incompatible. This was also the time when The Arabian Nights first garnered popularity in Europe, which effectively rendered the magic pervading the tales as foreign, or strange.

In conversation with Harold Bloom, Marina Warner discusses the power magical thinking has had on the West through its many interpretations of The Nights, demonstrating that enchantment does not necessarily separate reason from imagination, but rather enhances the possibilities of thought experiments or ability to think in a world that cannot always be explained.

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