"...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.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Imagination and the Science of the Heart
Henry Corbin and the Visionary Recital
A Program for
The C.G. Jung Institute of San FranciscoHenry Corbin (1903-1978) was a visionary Protestant theologian and a ground-breaking scholar and translator of Islamic mysticism. His understanding of the Imagination as the fundamental creative principle in the world is urgently needed in our pluralistic and interconnected global society. Corbin taught in Paris and Tehran and lectured annually at the Eranos Conferences from 1949 to 1978. He was a friend and colleague of C.G. Jung and shared his view of the significance of the active imagination in human life as well as his profound grasp of the importance of alchemy for religious psychology. His works have had a lasting impact on a wide variety of scholars of religion, visionary thinkers and artists. James Hillman ranked Corbin, Freud and Jung together as the foundational figures in the development of archetypal psychology. Corbin’s great book 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 great monotheisms. His life was devoted to the struggle to liberate the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of religious diversity and makes a profound contribution to psychology, spirituality and liberal theology in the contemporary world.
April 12 & 13, 2013
EVENT DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE
April 12 & 13, 2013
EVENT DETAILS & REGISTRATION HERE
Friday night - "Your Autonomy is a Fiction": Listening for the Voices of Angels
Saturday - The Bounds of Imagination: An Alchemical Ecology
An illustrated Friday evening lecture and a Saturday workshop will introduce Corbin’s life and work and place the major themes of his thought in the context of the contemporary world. Comparisons will be drawn with the writings of Jung and Hillman. Topics include the mundus imaginalis and the meaning of creative and active imagination, idols and icons, spiritual alchemy, divine and human love, the poetic basis of the mind, and the role of the Angel Holy Spirit in the life of the soul.
Tom Cheetham, Ph.D, holds degrees in philosophy and biology. He is the author of four books on Henry Corbin and the implications of his work for our understanding of ourselves and the world; the most recent is All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings (2012, North Atlantic Books). He compiled the Bibliography of Archetypal Psychology for James Hillman’s Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account and is editing On Melancholy, a collection of Hillman’s seminars on the meaning of depression in modern society. He has lectured extensively on Corbin’s work in Europe and the US. He and his wife have two grown children and live in rural Maine.
Posted by Tom Cheetham at 11:28 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Sheila Canby and Renata Holod open the Historians of Islamic Art Association's Third Biennial Symposium. The theme of the symposium was "Looking Widely, Looking Closely." The symposium took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 18-20, 2012. Links to videos of all the talks appear here.
Posted by Tom Cheetham at 11:11 AM
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Join Mark B. Garrison, Alice Pratt Brown Distinguished Professor of Art History, Trinity University, as he discusses the role of fire in Persian religions, including Zoroastrianism. Using glyphs and reliefs from Persepolis, he outlines the role of fire rituals in the ancient world. This program was made possible by the American Institute of Iranian Studies.
Posted by Tom Cheetham at 10:32 AM