Konstantin Oesterreich

          PROFESSOR OF Philosophy at the University of Tubingen, an authority on religious psychology, the first modern scientist in Germany who publicly declared his belief in psychic phenomena. In the fourth volume of Friedrich Ueberweg's Geschichte der Philosophie, Berlin, 1916, he spoke of Baron von Schrenck-Notzing and his fellow experimenters as dupes of tricksters. Schrenck-Notzing, in a private correspondence, protested and submitted to Oesterreich his entire literary and photographic material on Eva C. Professor Oesterreich was interested, investigated the mediumship of Frau Silbert and Willie Schneider and became convinced of the reality of the phenomena. In 1921 he published two books: Grundbegriffe der Parapsychologie and Der Okkultismus im modernen Weltbield. In the latter he testified to materialisations and telekinesis as facts. In 1923, in a new edition of Ueberweg's Geschichte der Philosophie he revised his earlier views. Die Besessenheit and Weltbilder der Gegenwart contain further important contributions to psychic science. Oesterreich was a very active and thorough psychical researcher. The number of his articles in scientific papers, his university lectures and monographs in which he presented the case of psychic science is significant.

Source (with minor modifications): An Encyclopaedia of Psychic Science by Nandor Fodor (1934).



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