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Making Spirit Matter: Neurology, Psychology, and Selfhood in Modern France

Larry Sommer McGrath


The connection between mind and brain has been one of the most persistent problems in modern Western thought; even recent advances in neuroscience haven’t been able to solve it satisfactorily. Historian and anthropologist Larry Sommer McGrath’s Making Spirit Matter studies how a particularly productive and influential group of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French thinkers answered this puzzle by showing the mutual dependence of spirit and matter. The scientific revolution taking place during this moment in history across disciplines, from biology to psychology and neurology, located ... More

Keywords: history of science, intellectual history, philosophy, theology, spiritualism, neuroscience, France, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, Bergson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226699790
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226699967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Sommer McGrath, author