C. D. Broad


Review of Kneale, Robinson, and Mundle Symposium

If I may say so with respect, I think that there are two things in Mrs. Kneale's paper which diminish its value as an introduction to the Symposium. One is that she thought it desirable to argue her case on the assumption that philosophy consists of linguistic analysis. The other is that she has given an ostensive definition of "psychical research" by reference to Mr. Tyrrell book, The Personality of Man. As regards the former, I can only say that I seldom find it illuminating to discuss philosophical questions in purely linguistic terms. It seems to me often to involve translating fairly straightforward and simply expressible questions into a contorted and pedantic terminology, with the risk of omitting factors which are relevant and introducing others which are contingent and irrelevant because they depend on the linguistic usages of particular races and cultures. As regards the latter, it is well to bear in mind that Mr. Tyrrell, beside having made valuable contributions to experimental and theoretical psychical research, is an enthusiastic amateur philosopher, and that he also strongly believes that a general recognition of the established results of psychical research would have far-reaching good effects. This latter personal conviction of Mr. Tyrrell's seems to have acted as a red herring to Mr. Robinson and led him to conclude his paper with a discussion of the effects for good or ill which would probably follow if

Reprinted from The Journal of Parapsychology, volume 15 ( 1951), pp. 216-223, by permission of the editors.

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 13
  • Philosophy & Parapsychology 17
  • Notes 36
  • Section I - Parapsychology and Philosophy 41
  • The Relevance of Psychical Research to Philosophy 43
  • Symposium: is Psychical Research Relevant to Philosophy? 64
  • Notes 108
  • Review of Kneale, Robinson, and Mundle Symposium 110
  • Notes 116
  • The Science of Nonphysical Nature 117
  • The Philosophical Importance of "Psychic Phenomena" 128
  • Notes 141
  • Section II - The Argument from the Posselbility of Fraud 143
  • Science and the Supernatural 145
  • On "Science and the Supernatural" 172
  • Notes 177
  • Comments on "Science and the Supernatural" 178
  • Notes 186
  • Compatibility of Science and Esp 187
  • Probability, Logic, and Esp 191
  • Where is the Definitive Experiment? 196
  • Notes 200
  • The Experiment Should Fit the Hypothesis 202
  • Notes 204
  • Section III - Conceptual Issues in Parapsychology 205
  • Describing and Explaining 207
  • Notes 225
  • References 226
  • On the Meaning of 'Paranormal' 227
  • Notes 244
  • Notes on Guessing 245
  • Notes 254
  • Conceptualizations of Experimental Clairvoyance 255
  • Notes 262
  • Parapsychology Revisited: Laws, Miracles, and Repeatability 263
  • The Problem of Repeatability in Psychical Research 270
  • Notes 283
  • Section IV - Precognition and Its Problems 285
  • The Philosophical Implications of Foreknowledge 287
  • The Causal Objection to Precognition 313
  • Does the Concept of Precognition Make Sense? 327
  • Notes 340
  • Mundle, Broad, Ducasse and the Precognition Problem 341
  • Notes 348
  • Section V - Parapsychology and the Philosophy of Mind 351
  • Explaining the Paranormal, with Epilogue - 1977 353
  • Parapsychology and Human Nature 371
  • Notes 386
  • New Frontiers of the Brain 387
  • Notes 399
  • Central-State Materialism and Parapsychology 401
  • Notes 404
  • Section VI - Historical Postscript 405
  • Final Impressions of a Psychical Researcher 407
  • Bibliography 423
  • Contributors 451
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