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Camille Flammarion on the powers of the soul; with an introduction by Carlos S (2020)


There is a long conceptual tradition that interprets phenomena such as clairvoyance and apparitions as evidence for a spiritual component in human beings. Examples of this appear in the literatures of mesmerism, Spiritualism and psychical research. The purpose of this Classic Text is to present excerpts from a book by French astronomer Camille Flammarion touching on this perspective. They are selected from the introduction and conclusion of Flammarion’s L’Inconnu: The Unknown (1900), a translation of L’Inconnu et les problèmes psychiques (1900), in which he published and commented on cases of apparitions and other phenomena he collected. In his view, these phenomena showed the existence of the soul. Similar beliefs regarding ideas of the nonphysical nature of human beings and psychic phenomena have continued to the present.

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Authors & Contributors
Leporiere, Lorenzo
Alvarado, Carlos S.
Biondi, Massimo
David Armando
Pierroberto Scaramella
Kyle Falcon
History of Psychiatry
Science in Context
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
History Workshop Journal
History of the Human Sciences
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Cornell University Press
University of Chicago Press
Manchester University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Occult sciences
Parapsychology; psychic phenomena
Medicine and religion
Crookes, William
Lang, Andrew
Zöllner, Johann Karl Friedrich
Palladino, Eusapia
Myers, Frederic William Henry
Lombroso, Cesare
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
Naples (Italy)
United States
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Society for Psychical Research

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