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Physiology of the Haunted Mind: Naturalistic Theories of Apparitions in Early Nineteenth-Century Scotland (2020)


The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw a resurgence of interest in the supernatural in Scotland as elsewhere in the United Kingdom. A number of intellectual figures responded by proposing naturalistic explanations for supernatural phenomena, drawing on the legacy of Scottish Enlightenment philosophy. These included the geologist and antiquarian Samuel Hibbert and the phrenologist George Combe. This paper explores the interrelations between these theories, their roots in the troubled cultural politics of Scotland in the early nineteenth century, and the reaction of different protagonists in the cultural conflicts of the period to their ideas.

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Authors & Contributors
Ostrovskii, M. A.
Fedorovich, I. B.
Sakina, N. L.
Chesnov, V. M.
Müller-Wille, Staffan
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Eighteenth-Century Studies
Technology and Culture
Canadian Journal of History
Archives of Natural History
MIT Press
Manchester University Press
Pickering & Chatto
University of Chicago Press
Science and culture
Science and politics
Travel; exploration
Scientific expeditions
Sea travel
Baudin, Nicolas
Locke, John
Kant, Immanuel
Takebe, Katahiro
Seki, Takakazu
Franklin, John
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century
17th century
16th century
21st century
Great Britain
United Kingdom
Rossiiskaia Akademiia Nauk

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