The supernatural – that which exists beyond the scope of science or the laws of nature – has long captivated our attention. The supernatural upsets our understandings of the rational and forces upon us a recognition that there exists something more, something beyond the veil that we cannot quite grasp. A critical reflection of this category raises some very serious questions for interdisciplinary research, which are explored throughout this volume: How do experiences of the supernatural function temporally and cross-culturally? How have ideas about the supernatural influenced well-known historical figures? How has the supernatural been used in fiction as a literary or narrative device? What happens to the supernatural in the supposedly rational and disenchanted modern experience? How does it shape the beliefs and practices of actual people? And why is it important to devote energy to its study if it remains a category forever beyond our realm of comprehension?
Understanding the Unknown
Edited by Laura Thursby
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This volume takes on the impossible project of speaking about the unspeakable and probing into the mysteries of the supernatural.
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Hearing the Dead: Supernatural Presence in the World of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) in Reference to the Balikligöl Statue
Making the Secular Sacred, or the Sacred Secular…? Other-Worldly Sacrum in This-Worldly Philosophy of Confucius
Gothic Meets Neorealism: Trauma, Ghosts and Broken Community in Tommaso Landolfi’s An Autumn Story
The Solipsist as Satanist: A Philosophical Reading of Chesterton’s ‘The Crime of Gabriel Gale’
Regan Lance Reitsma
Asemic Occultism: The Magical System of Austin Spare’s Sigils
Hidden in Plain Sight: Open-Source Occultism in the Age of Information
The Trauma of Missing Time in Alien Abduction
Paranormal/Supernatural Experiences and Loss