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Phantasms of the Living

Phantasms of the Living
2 Volume Set

$130.00 (R)

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2021
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108027342

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  • This two-volume work, co-authored by Edmund Gurney (1847–1888), Frederic W. H. Myers (1843–1901) and Frank Podmore (1856–1910), all leading members of the Society for Psychical Research, was first published in 1886. It documents over 700 case studies of ghost-seeing, and aimed to revolutionise thinking about ghosts by proposing a theory that explained ghost-seeing through the idea of telepathy. Volume 1 focuses on hypnotism, the telepathic transference of ideas, mental pictures and emotional impressions, dreams, and hallucinations, and contains an impressive essay by Gurney on the history of witchcraft. Volume 2 covers auditory, visual, reciprocal, and collective hallucinations. This pioneering study, full of interesting anecdotes, is an indispensable source for the history of psychical research. It provides detailed insights into the Victorian fascination with the occult and the supernatural, and is still the most extensive collection of ghost-seeing accounts available.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108027342
    • length: 1426 pages
    • dimensions: 323 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 2.24kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from November 2021
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. Preliminary remarks. Grounds of caution
    2. The experimental basis. Thought-transference
    3. The transition from experimental to spontaneous telepathy
    4. General criticism of the evidence for spontaneous telepathy
    Note on witchcraft
    5. Specimens of the various types of spontaneous telepathy
    6. Transference of ideas and mental pictures
    7. Emotional and motor effects
    8. Dreams
    9. Borderland cases
    10. Hallucinations. General sketch
    11. Transient hallucinations of the sane. Ambiguous cases
    12. The development of telepathic hallucinations. Volume 2: Additions and corrections
    13. The theory of chance-coincidence
    14. Further visual cases occurring to single percipient
    15. Further auditory cases occurring to a single percipient
    16. Tactile cases, and cases affecting more than one of the percipient's senses
    17. Reciprocal cases
    18. Collective cases
    Supplement: Introduction
    1. Further examples of thought-transference, principally in hypnotic cases
    2. Ideal, emotional, and motor cases
    3. Dream
    4. Borderland cases
    5. Visual cases
    6. Auditory and tactile cases
    7. Cases affecting more than one of the percipient's senses
    8. Reciprocal cases
    9. Collective cases
    Additional chapter
    Table of numbered cases
    Analysis of the table

  • Authors

    Edmund Gurney

    Frederic William Henry Myers

    Frank Podmore

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