Parapsychology: A Concise History

Parapsychology: A Concise History

by John Beloff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312173768

ISBN-13: 9780312173760

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

This is a "history of ideas" account of the retreat of magical thinking in Europe before the rise of the modern scientific world view. It examines the challenge to this view presented by the physical researchers of the 19th century employing scientific methods and criteria.
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This is a "history of ideas" account of the retreat of magical thinking in Europe before the rise of the modern scientific world view. It examines the challenge to this view presented by the physical researchers of the 19th century employing scientific methods and criteria.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312173760
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.48(h) x 3.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Prologue1
Renaissance magic1
Science and scepticism8
Romanticism and the resurgence of the occult13
1The mesmeric era16
2Spiritualism38
3Psychical research: First fruits64
4The expansion of psychical research93
5The Rhine revolution125
6Recent developments152
Experimental parapsychology152
Some psychic virtuosi of the 1960s and '70s182
Modern survival research200
Philosophical perspectives215
Epilogue226
Notes and bibliographies235
Subject Index314
Names Index322

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