Parapsychology: A Concise History

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312173760
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Prologue 1
Renaissance magic 1
Science and scepticism 8
Romanticism and the resurgence of the occult 13
1 The mesmeric era 16
2 Spiritualism 38
3 Psychical research: First fruits 64
4 The expansion of psychical research 93
5 The Rhine revolution 125
6 Recent developments 152
Experimental parapsychology 152
Some psychic virtuosi of the 1960s and '70s 182
Modern survival research 200
Philosophical perspectives 215
Epilogue 226
Notes and bibliographies 235
Subject Index 314
Names Index 322
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