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William JamesPsychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity$
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Krister Dylan Knapp

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631240

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.001.0001

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Dramatic Possibilities

Dramatic Possibilities

(p.172) Five Dramatic Possibilities
William James

Krister Dylan Knapp

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter five traces James's role as an investigator of mental mediums purporting to communicate messages from the dead through automatic writing and trance speech. It examines the numerous mediums he studied and shows how and why Mrs. Leonora Piper, the famous Boston Spiritualist medium, convinced him of the “dramatic possibility” that her phenomena were real and genuine.

Keywords:   William James, Spiritualism, Fideism, Will to Believe, Mental Mediumship, Mrs. Piper, White Crows, James Cattell

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