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Gerd H. Hövelmann, Hans Michels (Eds.)
Legitimacy of Unbelief
The Collected Papers of Piet Hein Hoebens
Reihe: Perspektiven der Anomalistik
Bd. 4, 2017, 466 S., 49.90 EUR, 49.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90855-1
Dutch journalist Piet Hein Hoebens (1948 - 1984) held a unique position in the controversies between proponents and skeptics of parapsychology. While he described himself as a card-carrying skeptic with strong "ecumenical" leanings, even many of his opponents appreciated his work and his open-minded criticisms. Hoebens' constructive influence on the culture of responsible scientific exchange is felt to this day.
The book presents more than 40 of Hoebens' writings added by introductions to elucidate their original contexts and lasting relevance. Thus the book provides valuable insights into the history of parapsychology.
Gerd H. Hövelmann was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Marburg, Germany.
J.A.G. (Hans) Michels is a psychologist-ergonomist and graduate from Tilburg University, The Netherlands.