Metapsychics in Spain: Acknowledging or questioning the marvellous?

Annette Mülberger*, Mónica Balltondre

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The present article deals with a kind of parapsychology called metapsychics (metapsíquica) as conceived and practised in Spain between 1923 and 1925. First we focus on the reception of a treatise by Richet that evoked both support (Ferrán) and criticism (Mira). Then we examine some experiments on clairvoyance performed at the Marquis of Santa Cara's home, dealing chiefly with the rise and fall of a case of prodigious vision. The analysis gives special attention to the question of how metapsychics was understood and to which discussions it gave rise. The authors argue that the project of metapsychics must be understood within a frame of two tendencies, namely, the increasing popularization and the demarcation of science that were under way in modern society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-130
Number of pages23
JournalHistory of the Human Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


  • Charles Richet
  • clairvoyance
  • Emili Mira i Lopez
  • paranormal
  • parapsychology
  • unconscious


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