The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France

The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France

On October 19, 1876 a group of leading French citizens, both men and women included, joined together to form an unusual group, The Society of Mutual Autopsy, with the aim of proving that souls do not exist. The idea was that, after death, they would dissect one another and (hopefully) show a direct relationship between brain shapes and sizes and the character, abilities and intelligence of individuals. This strange scientific pact, and indeed what we have come to… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 20, 2005)

Parent ISBN: 9780231128476

Language: English


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