The Seybert Report

Rhetoric, Rationale, and the Problem of Psi Research

  • Elizabeth Schleber Lowry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book is a rhetorical analysis of the "Seybert Report," based on the findings of the Seybert Commission formed in the nineteenth century at the University of Pennsylvania and tasked with investigating the paranormal phenomena alleged to arise in Spiritualist séances. The findings of the report are significant because they provide a historical benchmark for how “paranormal” research--or psi--has been addressed by academics for well over a century.  Elizabeth Schleber Lowry examines academic discourse with respect to psi from such approaches as the rhetoric of science and scholarship in the history and philosophy of science.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Schleber Lowry
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  1. 1.Arizona State University ScottsdaleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-61511-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-61512-7
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