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William James: Psychical Research and the Challenge of Modernity

Krister Dylan Knapp


In this insightful new book on the remarkable William James, the American psychologist and philosopher, Krister Dylan Knapp provides the first deeply historical and acutely analytical account of James's psychical research. While showing that James always maintained a critical stance toward claims of paranormal phenomena like spiritualism, Knapp uses new sources to argue that psychical research held a strikingly central position in James's life. It was crucial to his familial and professional relationships, the fashioning of his unique intellectual disposition, and the shaping of his core doctr ... More

Keywords: William James, Modernity, History, Nineteenth century, Psychical Research, Parapsychology, Experimental psychology, Protestantism, Pragmatism, Third Way

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631240
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Krister Dylan Knapp, author
Washington University in St. Louis

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