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Pierre Janet and the enchanted boundary of psychical research.
Hist Psychol 2018; 21(2):100-125HP

Abstract

Among the founders of French psychology, Pierre Janet (1859-1947) is recognized for both his scientific and institutional roles. The psychology born at the turn of the 20th century was initially partly receptive to, but then engaged in, a battle with the "psychical marvelous," and Janet was no exception. He was involved in the split between psychology and parapsychology (or "metapsychics" in France), developed at that time, playing several successive roles: the pioneer, the repentant, and the gatekeeper. At first, he was involved in so-called experimental parapsychology, but quickly chose not to engage directly in this kind of research any longer. Janet seemed to become embarrassed by his reputation as psychical researcher, so he increased his efforts to side with the more conventional thought of his time. Janet's attitude, in this, is an example of how French nascent psychology has explored "marvelous phenomena" before recanting. Yet this aspect of Janet's work has been rarely commented on by his followers. In this article, we describe the highlights of his epistemological journey. (PsycINFO Database Record

Authors+Show Affiliations

Laboratory INTERPSY, University of Lorraine.Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes, Northampton University.Department of Psychology, Lund University.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29745693

Citation

Evrard, Renaud, et al. "Pierre Janet and the Enchanted Boundary of Psychical Research." History of Psychology, vol. 21, no. 2, 2018, pp. 100-125.
Evrard R, Pratte EA, Cardeña E. Pierre Janet and the enchanted boundary of psychical research. Hist Psychol. 2018;21(2):100-125.
Evrard, R., Pratte, E. A., & Cardeña, E. (2018). Pierre Janet and the enchanted boundary of psychical research. History of Psychology, 21(2), pp. 100-125. doi:10.1037/hop0000086.
Evrard R, Pratte EA, Cardeña E. Pierre Janet and the Enchanted Boundary of Psychical Research. Hist Psychol. 2018;21(2):100-125. PubMed PMID: 29745693.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pierre Janet and the enchanted boundary of psychical research. AU - Evrard,Renaud, AU - Pratte,Erika Annabelle, AU - Cardeña,Etzel, PY - 2018/5/11/entrez PY - 2018/5/11/pubmed PY - 2018/5/11/medline SP - 100 EP - 125 JF - History of psychology JO - Hist Psychol VL - 21 IS - 2 N2 - Among the founders of French psychology, Pierre Janet (1859-1947) is recognized for both his scientific and institutional roles. The psychology born at the turn of the 20th century was initially partly receptive to, but then engaged in, a battle with the "psychical marvelous," and Janet was no exception. He was involved in the split between psychology and parapsychology (or "metapsychics" in France), developed at that time, playing several successive roles: the pioneer, the repentant, and the gatekeeper. At first, he was involved in so-called experimental parapsychology, but quickly chose not to engage directly in this kind of research any longer. Janet seemed to become embarrassed by his reputation as psychical researcher, so he increased his efforts to side with the more conventional thought of his time. Janet's attitude, in this, is an example of how French nascent psychology has explored "marvelous phenomena" before recanting. Yet this aspect of Janet's work has been rarely commented on by his followers. In this article, we describe the highlights of his epistemological journey. (PsycINFO Database Record SN - 1939-0610 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29745693/Pierre_Janet_and_the_enchanted_boundary_of_psychical_research L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/hop/21/2/100 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -