J. Arthur Hill
John Arthur Hill (4 December 1872 – 22 March 1951), best known as J. Arthur Hill, was a British psychical researcher and writer.
Hill was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and was educated at Thornton Grammar School. He worked as a business manager until he suffered ill health. He was a member of the Society for Psychical Research (1927–1935) and was known for his writings on parapsychology and spiritualism.
In 1914, Hill wrote an article Is the Earth Alive? which was later expanded into a chapter in his Psychical Miscellanea (1920). Influenced by Gustav Fechner he speculated that the earth is a living spirit being. Reviewers ridiculed this belief.
Hill's most known work was his Spiritualism: Its History, Phenomena and Doctrine (1919). Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a supportive introduction to the book but later commented in 1926 that it was "written from a strictly psychic research point of view, and is far behind the real provable facts." Psychical researcher Hereward Carrington described the book as a "fair and impartial summary."
- Religion and Modern Psychology (London: William Rider & Son, 1911)
- New Evidences in Psychical Research (London: William Rider & Son, 1911) [With an introduction by Oliver Lodge]
- The Hope of Immortality - Is it Reasonable?. In What Happens After Death? A Symposium by Leading Writers and Thinkers. (New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1916)
- Psychical Investigations (New York: Doran, 1917)
- Emerson and His Philosophy (William Rider & Son, 1919)
- Spiritualism and Psychical Research (London: T. C. & E. C. Jack, 1919)
- Man is Spirit (New York: Doran, 1918)
- Spiritualism: Its History, Phenomena and Doctrine (New York: Doran, 1919) [With an introduction by Arthur Conan Doyle]
- Psychical Miscellanea (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1920)
- From Agnosticism to Belief (London: Methuen & Co, 1924)
- Psychical Science and Religious Belief (London: Rider & Company, 1929)
- Letters from Sir Oliver Lodge (London: Cassell, 1932)
- Experiences With Mediums (London: Rider & Company, 1934)
- "John Arthur Hill (1872-1951)". Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology.
- "J. Arthur Hill". The Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
- Hill, J. Arthur. (1914). Is the Earth Alive?. The National Review 63: 1053.
- Anonymous. (1918). Books on Psychical Research. The American Review of Reviews 57: 442.
- Anonymous. (1920). Books in Brief: Psychical Miscellanea by J. Arthur Hill. The Nation 111: 49.
- Anonymous. (1919). Emerson and His Philosophy. The Bookman 57: 10.
- B. C. A. W. (1919). Review: Spiritualism by J. Arthur Hill. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 8 (30): 344–346.
- Fenn, W. W. (1920). Review Spiritualism and Its History, Phenomena and Doctrine by J. Arthur Hill. Harvard Theological Review 13 (2): 200–202.
- Doyle, Arthur Conan. (1926). Preface. In The History of Spiritualism. Volume 1. London: Cassell and Company.
- Carrington, Hereward. (1919). What is the Best "Psychical" Literature?. The Bookman 49: 686–689.
- Culpin, Millais. (1920). Spiritualism and the New Psychology: An Explanation of Spiritualist Phenomena and Beliefs in Terms of Modern Knowledge. London: Edward Arnold. pp. 136–137.