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Psychical research in the history and philosophy of science. An introduction and review.
Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2014 Dec; 48 Pt A:38-45.SH

Abstract

As a prelude to articles published in this special issue, I sketch changing historiographical conventions regarding the 'occult' in recent history of science and medicine scholarship. Next, a review of standard claims regarding psychical research and parapsychology in philosophical discussions of the demarcation problem reveals that these have tended to disregard basic primary sources and instead rely heavily on problematic popular accounts, simplistic notions of scientific practice, and outdated teleological historiographies of progress. I conclude by suggesting that rigorous and sensitively contextualized case studies of past elite heterodox scientists may be potentially useful to enrich historical and philosophical scholarship by highlighting epistemologies that have fallen through the crude meshes of triumphalist and postmodernist historiographical generalizations alike.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Cambridge, Churchill College & Department of History and Philosophy of Science, UK. Electronic address: as2399@cam.ac.uk.

Pub Type(s)

Editorial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25241025

Citation

Sommer, Andreas. "Psychical Research in the History and Philosophy of Science. an Introduction and Review." Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, vol. 48 Pt A, 2014, pp. 38-45.
Sommer A. Psychical research in the history and philosophy of science. An introduction and review. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2014;48 Pt A:38-45.
Sommer, A. (2014). Psychical research in the history and philosophy of science. An introduction and review. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 48 Pt A, 38-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2014.08.004
Sommer A. Psychical Research in the History and Philosophy of Science. an Introduction and Review. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2014;48 Pt A:38-45. PubMed PMID: 25241025.
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