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The New Prometheans: Faith, Science, and the Supernatural Mind in the Victorian Fin de Siécle

Courtenay Raia

Abstract

The Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was established in 1882, in the wake of a disappointed spiritualism and steaming toward the scientific unconscious. A decade earlier, physics had shut out William Crookes’s “psychic force,” but the new psychology was still open to exploration. Psychical researchers penetrated its elite networks despite a roster that included telepathy and apparitions. They did so by emphasizing experimentation over interpretation, muting theoretical controversy until it could play out more productively elsewhere. Frederic Myers, Oliver Lodge, and Andrew Lang brought psy ... More

Keywords: psychical research, science vs. religion, Victorian supernatural, nineteenth-century spiritualism, Frederic Myers, Oliver Lodge, Andrew Lang, William Crookes, parapsychology, epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226635217
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226635491.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Courtenay Raia, author
Colburn School