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Wild Beasts of the Philosophical Desert

Philosophers on Telepathy and Other Exceptional Experiences

Author(s): Hein van Dongen, Hans Gerding

Book Description

Scientists rarely take ‘paranormal experiences’ seriously. Furthermore, in the recent past the concept of the ‘paranormal’ did not even exist in philosophy. William James, who extensively studied mediumistic phenomena, labelled them ‘wild beasts of the philosophical desert’.

This book demonstrates that to important philosophers – from Kant to Derrida – controversial phenomena like telepathy and clairvoyance were serious topics.

The authors of this collection have studied relevant texts that have hitherto received little attention, and illustrate how each of the philosophers in question thoughtfully interpreted exceptional experiences that seem to go beyond our understanding.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5453-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5453-0
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Pages / Size: 185 / A5
Price: £39.99


Dr Hein van Dongen is Philosophical Consultant, Lecturer and Researcher at several institutions in The Netherlands.

Dr Hans Gerding is Emeritus Professor of Metaphysics in the Spirit of Theosophy at the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University, and was Director of the Institute for Parapsychology, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Dr Rico Sneller is Assistant Professor at the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University, The Netherlands.