The Stepchildren of Science – Heather Wolffram

The Stepchildren of Science - Heather WolfframLeading the reader through the darkened séance rooms and laboratories of Imperial and inter-war Germany, The Stepchildren of Science casts light on the emergence of psychical research and parapsychology in the German context. It looks, in particular, at the role of the psychiatrist Albert von Schrenck-Notzing – a figure who fashioned himself as both propagandist and Grand Seignior of German parapsychology – in shaping these nascent disciplines.

In contrast to other recent studies in which occultism is seen as a means of dealing with or creating “the modern”, this book considers the epistemological, cultural and social issues that arose from psychical researchers’ and parapsychologists’ claims to scientific legitimacy.

Focusing on the boundary disputes between these researchers and the spiritualists, occultists, psychologists and scientists with whom they competed for authority over the paranormal, The Stepchildren of Science demonstrates that in the German context both proponents and opponents alike understood psychical research and parapsychology as border sciences.

Read Online :

The Stepchildren of Science - Heather Wolffram

Psychical Research


Crookes and the spirit world: A collection of writings by or concerning the work of Sir William Crookes
Ghost Hunters: William James and the Hunt for Scientific Proof of Life after Death - Deborah Blum
These Mysterious People -Nandor Fodor
Phantasms of the Living – Gurney, Edmund, Frederic W. H. Meyers and Frank Podmore.
The Gateway of Understanding - Carl Wickland
The Coming Science - Hereward Carrington
Thirty Years Among the Dead - Carl Wickland
Psychical Research and Survival - James H. Hyslop
Deathbed Visions – Sir William Barrett
Contact with the Other World - James H. Hyslop
Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death -  F. W. H. Myers