"...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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Monday, April 5, 2010

Jung's Red Book in Washington

This note from the ARAS Newsletter and the Jung Society of Washington: Beginning on June 17 and ending July 31, 2010 the U.S. Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Jung Society of Washington, in one of only three venues in the United States, will centerpiece the original illuminated manuscript of C. G. Jung's The Red Book in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library. The exhibit will include Jung's manuscript of Memories, Dreams, Reflections, several Jung-Freud letters,and many other items of real interest.

On Saturday, June 19, the Library of Congress will host a Red Book Symposium. Speakers includes Sonu Shamdasani, James Hillman, Ann Ulanov, John Beebe, Tom Kirsch, Beverley Zabriskie, and others.

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