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The Other World

The Other World
Spiritualism and Psychical Research in England, 1850–1914


  • Date Published: April 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521347679

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  • The Other World examines the public fascination with spiritualism and psychical research in Britain from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. It explores the variety of social background, education, and professional expertise that characterized the men and women who attended séances and investigated psychic phenomena, and it places them in the context of their times without ridiculing their beliefs. It is not concerned with the question of whether psychic phenomena are 'real', but rather attempts to understand the reasons why artisans, intellectuals, and aristocrats alike embraced spiritualism as a surrogate religion or endorsed psychical research as the science of the future. Whether self-educated workers, medical doctors, clergymen, housewives, university professors, journalists, comparative psychologists, or Nobel prize-winning physicists, they cannot be dismissed as cranks and eccentrics. Their efforts to mediate between the demands of science and the comforts of faith reflected anxieties central to the Victorian and Edwardian decades.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521347679
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 153 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Part I. The Setting:
    1. Mediums
    2. Membership
    Part II. A Surrogate Faith:
    3. Spiritualism and Christianity
    4. Psychical research and agnosticism
    5. Theosophy and the occult
    Part III. A Pseudoscience:
    6. Concepts of mind
    7. The problem of evolution
    8. Physics and psychic phenomena

  • Author

    Janet Oppenheim

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