"...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 4, 2011

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Imagining the Imaginal: Fantasy and Imagination in Corbin, Jung and Hillman 
May 7, 2011 

The Prophetic Tradition & The Battle for the Soul of the World: 
The Legacy of Henry Corbin 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Tom, Can you please let your readers know that Thomas Moore, psychotherapist and author of Care of the Soul, will be in Toronto this month for a public talk (Thursday April 14) and a weekend program (Friday April 15 to Sunday April 17) to explore soul and spirit. More information is available at soul-spirit-dialogues.ca. Many thanks for your help.