"...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.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Peter O'Leary's Luminous Epinoia
I have just received a copy of Peter O'Leary's new book of poems, Luminous Epinoia. I have mentioned his work before (see posts on Gnostic Contagion and his essay on Apocalypticism - A Way Forward for Poetry. ) Details of his works and more can be found on his fine website Lux Hominem. I am really stunned by this book. It is physically beautiful to begin with, and the content is breath-taking. Here is one review to give some sense of it. I have learned much from O'Leary's writings in the past. I recommend anything he has written and expect to have more to say about this volume and his others in the future. His writings will be important to anyone with an interest in Henry Corbin. Not to be missed.
Posted by Tom Cheetham at 6:07 PM