Lifelong Dewey

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Category: 130s

130: Occult America by Mitch Horowitz

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130: Horowitz, Mitch. Occult America: White House Seances, Ouija Circles, Masons, and the Secret Mystic History of Our Nation. New York: Bantam, 2010. 258 pp. ISBN 978-0-553-38515-1.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 100: Philosophy and Psychology
  • 130: Parapsychology and occultism

In 1774, Mother Ann Lee emigrated from England to New York and started a small but important movement in America: the Shakers. Their belief in a more mystical Christian God led to accusations of heresy from mainline believers. From this small band of radical believers sprang pockets on mysticism throughout America over the last 250 years. Mitch Horowitz’s Occult America takes a slightly off-center look at American history through the lens of those who believed, prayed, practiced, and lived a little differently from the rest of us.

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133: America Bewitched by Owen Davies

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133.430973: Davies, Owen. America Bewitched: The Story of Witchcraft After Salem. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 226 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-57871-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 100: Philosophy and Psychology
  • 130: Parapsychology and occultism
  • 133: Specific topics in parapsychology and occultism
  • 133.4: Demonology and witchcraft
  • 133.43: Magic and witchcraft
  • +0973: United States

It was a curious episode in American history. Between February 1692 and May 1693, the town of Salem, Massachusetts believed itself to be infiltrated by hordes of witches. The trials of suspected witches left dozens of lives shattered (and one man pressed to death). And then, curiously, people came to their senses. While most people believe that witch-hunting in America ended at Salem, Owen Davies’ America Bewitched follows the history of American witch trials and witchcraft from Salem to the present day.

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131: An Outline of Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud

131: Freud, Sigmund. An Outline of Psychoanalysis. Translated by James Strachey. New York: W.W. Norton, 1949. 124 pp.

Dewey Construction:

  • 100: Philosophy and Psychology
  • 130: Parapsychology and occultism
  • 131: Parapsychological and occult methods for achieving well-being, happiness, success

As promised: today’s second review:

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is the founding father of psychoanalysis, a line of psychological and therapeutic philosophy that aims to understand the disturbed patient, isolate the troubling memory, and release its hold on the subject. His Outline of Psychoanalysis was published posthumously in 1940 and gives the foundation of the science as well as guidelines for its application with patients. In it, he hits all the major hotspots of Freudian philosophy—the tripartite structure of the psyche, the mechanisms by which you can and should interpret dreams, and sexual and psychical development of human beings.

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