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William James : psychical research and the challenge of modernity / Krister Dylan Knapp.

By: Knapp, Krister Dylan [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781469631257; 1469631253; 1469631261; 9781469631264.Additional physical formats: Print version:: William James.DDC classification: 150.92 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
A relish for the non-normal -- Moral heroes -- Out of the egg -- A human rat hole -- Dramatic possibilities -- Consciousness beyond the margin -- The unseen world.
Summary: "Krister Dylan Knapp provides [an] analytical and contextualized account of James's psychical research. Knapp argues that psychical research permeated James's life: while James always maintained a critical stance towards claims of paranormal phenomena, its study was central to his relationships familial and professional, shaped his unique intellectual disposition, and threaded together his life's intellectual trajectory"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A relish for the non-normal -- Moral heroes -- Out of the egg -- A human rat hole -- Dramatic possibilities -- Consciousness beyond the margin -- The unseen world.

"Krister Dylan Knapp provides [an] analytical and contextualized account of James's psychical research. Knapp argues that psychical research permeated James's life: while James always maintained a critical stance towards claims of paranormal phenomena, its study was central to his relationships familial and professional, shaped his unique intellectual disposition, and threaded together his life's intellectual trajectory"-- Provided by publisher.

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William James (1842-1910), regarded as the founder of American psychology, had an enduring interest in psychical research, which was ignored or sidelined by most mainstream psychologists. However, Knapp (history, Washington Univ. in St. Louis) takes an oppositional perspective, providing evidence that James's interest in mediumship, spiritualism, clairvoyance, and the like were paramount--especially his conceptualization of "subliminal consciousness" and "the will to believe." Curiosity in these topics derives from his youth, and Knapp's narrative deftly portrays the events that led to his role in two societies for psychical research, which James helped organize and promulgate. The author suggests that these endeavors reflect James's attempts to bridge dichotomies such as the "normal" and the "paranormal" and the "natural" and the "supernatural," intellectual quests outside of his better-known philosophical pragmatism. Knapp is an excellent storyteller and adroitly describes the era's cultural milieu, as well as James's clashes with such opponents as G. Stanley Hall, who attempted to align psychology with "modernity." This book brilliantly solidifies James's stature as a philosophical psychologist who pioneered the understanding of "exceptional mental states." Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --Stanley C. Krippner, Saybrook University

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