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Mesmerism and Spiritualism

Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke

in The Western Esoteric Traditions: A Historical Introduction

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195320992
eISBN:
9780199852062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320992.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the influence of mesmerism and spiritualism on the history of Western esotericism. It explores the relation between science and spirituality and traces the development of animal ... More


Minds

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In promulgating trance states and multiple voices talking through particularly young women, Spiritualism had from the outset been skirting the territory of insanity. This chapter explores the rise of ... More


The Mesmerism Investigation and the Crisis of Sensibilist Science

in Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French Enlightenment

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226720784
eISBN:
9780226720852
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226720852.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the manipulation of sensibility. The Viennese polymath Franz Anton Mesmer captured the imagination of Paris society in the early 1780s with his claim to have harnessed the ... More


Miraculous cures

William A. Silverman

in Where's the Evidence?: Debates in Modern Medicine

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780192630889
eISBN:
9780191723568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0027
Subject:
Public Health and Epidemiology, Public Health, Epidemiology

This chapter presents a 1994 commentary on the importance of expectation in determining the response to treatment. It tells the story of an AIDS patient whose health significantly improved while ... More


It Does Not Exist: Animal Magnetism Before It Was True

Emily Ogden

in Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226532165
eISBN:
9780226532479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226532479.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter describes the first major debunking of mesmerism, the Paris animal magnetism investigation of 1784 chaired by Benjamin Franklin, and that debunking’s reception in the US from 1784 to the ... More


Introduction

Cathy Gutierrez

in Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195388350
eISBN:
9780199866472
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388350.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The introduction contextualizes the religious movement of Spiritualism as a cultural product of the American Renaissance. Looking to the past and specifically the Classical world for answers and ... More


Mysticism, Mesmerism, Mind Cure

Wakoh Shannon Hickey

in Mind Cure: How Meditation Became Medicine

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190864248
eISBN:
9780190864279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190864248.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Buddhism

This chapter explores the far-reaching influences in American religion and medicine of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist and mystic, and Franz Anton Mesmer, who developed Mesmerism, the ... More


The Arts, and Faculties in Concert

Stanley Finger

in Franz Joseph Gall: Naturalist of the Mind, Visionary of the Brain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190464622
eISBN:
9780190464646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190464622.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Gall was more interested in nature than the arts, but how he approached the various arts shows how he organized his thoughts and that he was also pondering how his faculties must work in harmony. He ... More


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