"...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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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Between Language and Ta'wil

Here, as promised earlier, is Kenneth Warren's essay delivered at the Soul in Buffalo Conference. Warren is the founder and editor of House Organ, a letter of poetry and prose. He edited and wrote an introduction with Fred Whitehead to The Whole Song: Selected Poems/Vincent Ferrini published by the University of Illinois Press in 2004. Captain Poetry’s Sucker Punch: A Guide to Poetic Aspirations and Punk Protrusions, 1980-2010 is forthcoming in 2011 from BlazeVOX Books.

Kenneth Warren - Between Language and Ta'Wil

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