E. C. Rogers

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E. C. Rogers
Born Edward Coit Rogers
2 February 1816(1816-02-02) 
New London, Connecticut
Died 11 November 1860 (44) [1]
Hingham, Massachusetts
Burial Hingham Cemetery  [1]
Nationality American
Known for Philosophy of Mysterious Agents

Edward Coit Rogers (February 2, 1816 - November 11, 1860) was an American homeopathic physician, abolitionist, and originator of an explanation of spiritualist phenomena that he called "the Philosophy of Mysterious Agents," a hypothesis holding that such phenomena is due to the unconscious effects of unknown but physical, measurable forces (such as Reichenbach's odic force)[2] acting directly upon the brain (which he compares to the influence of narcotics), as opposed to wilful, otherworldly powers and principalities.

Selected Bibliography


  1. 1.0 1.1 Edward Coit Rogers (grave),, 
  2. Sargent, Epes (1869), "X. Theories in Regard to the Phenomena", Planchette; or, the Despair of Science: Being a Full Account of Modern Spiritualism, Its Phenomena, and the Various Theories Regarding It, Boston: Roberts Brothers, p. 218,, "His theory is that the whole body of phenomena, physical and mental, are referable to cerebral or mental action, through the medium of 'a physical force associated with the human organism; and, under peculiar conditions, this physical force is made to emanate from that organism with a most terrible energy, and without any necessary conjunction with either spiritual or psychological agency.' This agent may be the od, or odic force, of Reichenbach."