"...the Imagination (or love, or sympathy, or any other sentiment) induces knowledge, and knowledge of an 'object' which is proper to it..."
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris and at the University of Teheran. He was a major figure at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. He introduced the concept of the mundus imaginalis into contemporary thought. His work has provided a foundation for archetypal psychology as developed by James Hillman and influenced countless poets and artists worldwide. But Corbin’s central project was to provide a framework for understanding the unity of the religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. His great work Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn ‘Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the three great monotheisms. Corbin’s life was devoted to the struggle to free the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of the religions of the West and makes a profound contribution to the study of the place of the imagination in human life.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

C. G. Jung - The Red Book


Liber Novus: The Red Book of C. G. Jung

by Sonu Shamdasani

In this first public lecture on C. G. Jung’s legendary Red Book, Jungian scholar and Red Book editor Sonu Shamdasani will present the contents and images from Jung’s “Liber Novus” or Red Book. In this private illuminated journal, Jung engaged the inner world of his psyche and its relation to the outer world of collective events in the first half of the twentieth century through text and illustrations.

Fifty years after C. G. Jung’s death, and twenty years en route to publication, the Philemon Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the Red Book, translated by Mark Kyburz, John Peck and Sonu Shamdasani. This lecture co-incides with the release of the Red Book, published by W. W. Norton & Co, and the opening of the Red Book exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

Sonu Shamdasani is Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, and General Editor of the Philemon Foundation. The Red Book is the third volume of the Philemon Series.

Friday, October 9, 2009
7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine (www.nyam.org)
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St., New York, NY 10029.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door.

This has made the New York Times Magazine in what is really a nice piece of reporting I think: The Holy Grail of the Unconscious

The NYTimes piece spent many days near the top of their Most Emailed list. It appeared on Sept 20 and by the end of the month was the 5th most frequently emailed article in September. The book can be bought from Barnes&Noble online now (as of Sept 30), and on Dec 4th, from amazon.com.

And my thanks to "Angus" for pointing out this 3 minute YouTube Video from WWNorton "The Making of the Red Book."

Also - back in September there was this WBUR Radio Program on the then-forthcoming Red Book, with some linked images from the book: Carl Jung's Secret Book.

Red Book Exhibition

The original Red Book of C. G. Jung is on exhibit at:
Rubin Museum of Art (www.rmanyc.org)
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
October 7, 2009 – January 25, 2010



  1. There's a video that's been posted on YouTube by the Publisher showing "The Making of The Red Book":