"...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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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Corbin & the Imagination in Utah - November 15 & 16

Reality at White Heat: Towards a Concrete Imagination
Friday Evening Lecture: "Your Autonomy is a Fiction: Henry Corbin On Being Human"
Saturday Lecture/Workshop: "Imaginal Love"

Friday and Saturday, November 15 & 16, 2013


Tom Cheetham

The Friday night lecture will be available as a teleconference HERE.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jung & Corbin in Paris

Samedi 23 novembre 2013 de 14h à 18h 
Forum 104
104, rue de Vaugirard - 75006 PARIS
Avec le soutien de la SFPA et le partenariat des associations « Autour de Marie-Louise von Franz » et « Groupe d’Etudes C.G. Jung ».
Jean-François Alizon, théologien, pédagogue, musicien et président du Centre Européen d’Etudes Jungiennes de Strasbourg mettra en parallèle le Livre Rouge de Jung avec les visions initiatiques d’Avicenne et de Sohrawardi, telles qu’on peut les trouver dans les livres d’Henry Corbin Avicenne et le récit visionnaire et L’Archange Empourpré. JF Alizon analysera les étonnantes résonnances et similitudes des parcours intérieurs et aussi le même recours à l’imagination active au 11ème siècle comme au 20ème siècle. L’exposé sera accompagné de lectures qui feront revivre les récits iraniens et les dialogues du Livre Rouge, avec projection d’images de ce même Livre Rouge. La musique de flûtes traversières renaissance ponctuera aussi l’après midi. 

Tarif adhérent proposé aux Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin : 25€ 

Inscription préalable nécessaire  irene.ponsoye@mailoo.org ou 06 19 14 92 90 
Pour le programme détaillé voir : http://marielouisevonfranz.free.fr/ 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Corbin & Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Many thanks to Muinuddin Smith for drawing my attention to this letter of considerable interest:

A letter of March, 1962


Tuesday, October 1, 2013