By Krister Dylan Knapp
During this insightful new ebook at the extraordinary William James, the yankee psychologist and thinker, Krister Dylan Knapp presents the 1st deeply old and acutely analytical account of James's psychical study. whereas displaying that James consistently maintained a serious stance towards claims of paranormal phenomena like spiritualism, Knapp makes use of new resources to argue that psychical examine held a strikingly critical place in James's existence. It was once an important to his familial relationships, the fashioning of his exact highbrow disposition, and the shaping of his center doctrines, in particular the will-to-believe, empiricism, fideism, and theories of the subliminal attention and immortality.
Knapp explains how and why James present in psychical examine the way to reconsider the well-trodden methods to vintage Euro-American non secular suggestion, typified through the oppositional different types of average vs. supernatural and basic vs. paranormal. He demonstrates how James eschewed those offerings and as an alternative built a tertiary synthesis of them, an method Knapp phrases tertium quid, the 3rd manner. Situating James's psychical learn relating to the increase of experimental psychology and Protestantism's altering position in fin de siecle the US, Knapp asserts that the 3rd manner illustrated a much wider pattern in transatlantic notion because it struggled to navigate the uncertainties and non secular adventurism of the fashionable age.