Nineteenth Century Philosophy


What was the Sidgwick’s interest in the paranormal?

Henry Sidgwick helped found the Society for Psychical Research in 1892, and his wife, Eleanor, was an active participant. The Sidgwicks believed that the work of society could help confirm religious claims, such as life after death. They believed that an afterlife was necessary as a motivation for morality in this life. However, their investigations were inconclusive, even though Eleanor believed that Henry communicated with her after his death in 1900.


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