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Pierre Janet and the Enchanted Boundary of Psychical Research

Evrard, Renaud; Pratte, Erika Annabelle and Cardeña, Etzel LU (2018) In History of Psychology 21(2). p.100-125
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Among the founders of French psychology, Pierre Janet (1859 –1947) is recognized for<br/>both his scientific and institutional roles. The psychology born at the turn of the 20th<br/>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<br/>French nascent psychology has explored “marvelous phenomena” before recanting. Yet<br/>this aspect of Janet’s work has been rarely commented on by his followers. In this<br/>article, we describe the highlights of his epistemological journey.},
  author       = {Evrard, Renaud and Pratte, Erika Annabelle and Cardeña, Etzel},
  keyword      = {psychical research,parapsychology,history,pierre janet},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {100--125},
  series       = {History of Psychology},
  title        = {Pierre Janet and the Enchanted Boundary of Psychical Research},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hop0000086},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2018},
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