"...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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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Sophia Center

Dear Sophia Centre friends,

The Sophia Centre is now at the renamed University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has a new URL:

This is just to let you know about 3 Sophia Centre conferences in 2011

On 4th-5th June 2011 our ninth annual conference, 'Sky and Symbol', will be held in Bath UK, and will address the role, nature and function of celestial symbolism. The keynote speakers will be Liz Greene  (University of Wales Trinity Saint David and University of Bristol), Kristin Lippincott (The Exhibitions Team), Ilana Wartenburg (University College, London), Gary Wells (Ithaca College) and Elliot Wolfson (New York University). The web site is at http://www.historyofastrology.org.uk/conferences/symbolism/

We are also holding two promotional conferences for the MA in in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, one in Zurich and one in Mansfield, Massachussets, the latter in easy reach of Boston and New York. Both will appeal to potential students but, we should stress, all are welcome. The details are:

13th-15th May 2011, 'Origins: the Babylonian and Egyptian Contribution to Western Astrology', with Nick Campion and Bernadette Brady, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA. More details at

On 8th-10th April 2011, 'Maps of the Psyche', with Liz Greene, Nick Campion and Bernadette Brady, in Zurich.Further details are at 

 Also, a reminder that the Proceedings of the 2009 conference on 'Cosmologies' are for sale at  

best wishes,
Nick Campion,
Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,
School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology,
University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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