Léon Marillier and Veridical Hallucinations


Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Pascal Le Maléfan and Andreas Sommer recently published an article about veridical hallucinations in France: “Léon Marillier and the Veridical Hallucination in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century French Psychology and Psychopathology” (History of Psychiatry, 2015, 26, 418-432).

Pas cal Le Malefan Pascal Le Maléfan

Andreas Sommer 7 Andreas Sommer

Here is the abstract:

“Recent research on the professionalization of psychology at the end of the nineteenth century shows how objects of knowledge which appear illegitimate to us today shaped the institutionalization of disciplines. The veridical or telepathic hallucination was one of these objects, constituting a field both of division and exchange between nascent psychology and disciplines known as ‘psychic sciences’ in France, and ‘psychical research’ in the Anglo-American context. In France, Leon Marillier (1862–1901) was the main protagonist in discussions concerning the concept of the veridical hallucination, which gave rise to criticisms by mental specialists and psychopathologists…

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