"...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.
Monday, August 6, 2012
A New Online Journal
is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of philosophy, theology, and literature. Luvah provides a space to reflect on modernity, tradition, and metaphysics. We publish theoretical and critical articles, translations, interviews, and personal narratives, such as short stories and poems. Luvah also includes a book review section where scholars assess new writings broadly dealing with tradition. “Luvah” refers to our interest in reclaiming traditional means of knowing through literature, art, philosophy, and spiritual practice. Although inexact in their proclamations, these positions point toward a radical re-thinking of what it means to be human in the age of machines and virtual realities. We are interested in stories that reflect these concerns. We publish pieces that actively engage with both classic texts and the lived reality of post-modernity.
Keith Doubt, Wittenberg University
David Fideler, Concord Editorial
Maja Pašović, University of Waterloo
Angela Voss, University of Kent
Amy L. Washburn, City University of New York
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