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Laboratories of faith : Mesmerism, spiritism, and occultism in modern France

Author: John Warne Monroe
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008.
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"In an evocative history of alternative religious practices in France in the second half of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, John Warne Monroe tells the interconnected stories of three movements - Mesmerism, Spiritism, and Occultism. Adherents of these groups, Monroe reveals, attempted to "modernize" faith by providing empirical support for metaphysical concepts. Instead of trusting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Monroe, John Warne, 1973-
Laboratories of faith.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)608449023
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Warne Monroe
ISBN: 9780801445620 0801445620
OCLC Number: 162501958
Description: xi, 293 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Interpreting the tables tournantes, 1853-1856 --
Mesmerism and the challenge of spiritualism, 1853-1859 --
The invention and development of spiritism, 1857-1869 --
Spiritism on trial, 1870-1880 --
Confronting the multivalent self, 1880-1914 --
Epilogue : the emergence of a new heterodoxy.
Responsibility: John Warne Monroe.
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