Following up the previous post about Weber’s notion of disenchantment, and its normative implications, this second part of the installment provides some snapshots of episodes in the early 20th century – that is, of Weber’s contemporaries – which all seem to be in conflict with the disenchanted perspective of science. We start by considering some episodes in physics, then move on to the life sciences, before ending with some remarks on the controversial borderland which is psychical research.
Tags: animism, Anne Harrington, élan vital, behaviourism, causality, disenchantment, entelechy, Hans Driesch, Henri Bergson, holism, incalculability, John Watson, Lamarckism, Lebensphilosophie, Max Weber, neo-vitalism, Niels Bohr, organicism, Paul Forman, Society for Psychical Research, Werner Heisenberg, William McDougall
It is admittedly with some pride I notice that my very first history of science article has now been published. Since I am essentially an autodidact when it comes to history of science/science studies it was important for me to get through the peer review process of the Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, a scholarly discourse on psychical research and parapsychology has been developing on the pages of JHBS over the last few years, especially with articles by Heather Wolffram, Courtenay Grean Raia, and Sofie Lachapelle. I hope to make a modestly contribute to this developing discourse with “A nice arrangement of heterodoxies: William McDougall and the professionalization of psychical research”.
Tags: actor-network theory, behaviorism, boundary-work, degeneration, Duke University, Egil Asprem, Eugenics, Grean Raia, Harry Houdini, Heather Wolffram, John B. Watson, Joseph Banks Rhine, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Lamarckism, parapsychology, psychical research, science & politics, Sofie Lachapelle, Thomas Gieryn, vitalism, William James, William McDougall