"...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, June 22, 2015

NEW! The Spring Journal Issue on Eranos

Spring, A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 92, Spring 2015
Spring, founded in 1941, is the oldest Jungian psychology journal in the world. Published twice a year, each issue explores from the perspective of depth psychology a theme of contemporary relevance and contains articles as well as book and film reviews. Contributors include Jungian analysts, scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, and cultural commentators.
Spring 92
Eranos – Its Magical Past and Alluring Future: The Spirit of a Wondrous Place
Spring, A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 92, Spring 2015
Editor-in-Chief: Nancy Cater
Guest Editor: Riccardo Bernardini
ISBN: 978-1-935528-69-2
500 pp.
Price: $32.95
More than eighty years have passed since the founding of Eranos by Fröbe-Kapteyn in 1933 in Ascona, Switzerland. The Eranos Conferences, a pioneering endeavor of interdisciplinary presentations and dialogues, have been properly recognized as “one of the most creative cultural experiences in the modern Western world” and “one of the richest centers of intellectual and spiritual interchange known to our century.” Eranos’ influence has been documented in a number of fields of knowledge, ranging from psychology to the history of religions, from philosophy to Eastern studies, from theology to anthropology, from biology to physics.

Spring has had a longing-standing connection to Eranos, and has published through the decades articles by many of the key figures who presented at the Eranos conferences: C. G. Jung, Karl Kerényi, Mircea Eliade, Heinrich Zimmer, Erich Neumann, Henry Corbin, Gilbert Durand, James Hillman, David Miller, and Wolfgang Giegerich, among others.

This Eranos issue of Spring focuses on Eranos’s history, cultural heritage, and future perspectives. It gathers a series of contributions by renowned specialists, together with a series of essays by great authors of the past, whose gratitude to Eranos is testified to in their writings. Historical essays re-published here are by Carl Gustav Jung, Henry Corbin, Mircea Eliade, Adolf Portmann, and Rudolf Ritsema. We are also honored to publish for the first time an article by the founder of Eranos, Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, entitled The Psychological Background of Eranos (1939), originally presented at the Analytical Psychology Club in New York. In addition more than fifty previously unpublished photographs from the Eranos Archives have been made available toSpring through the Eranos Foundation for this celebratory volume.

We hope you enjoy learning more about Eranos—past, present, and future!
A Note from the EditorNancy Cater
Guest Editor’s IntroductionRiccardo Bernardini
The Psychological Background of EranosOlga Fröbe–Kapteyn
Eranos: A Space and a Time for ThoughtFabio Merlini
Eranos: A Counter Current to The Common Intellectual History of the 20th Century?Hans Thomas Hakl
American Eranos Volume: IntroductionCarl Gustav Jung
Carl Gustav Jung: His Life Before His WorksGian Piero Quaglino
The Analytical Leitmotif of the Eranos ConferencesAntonio Vitolo
Eranos as DreamStephen Aizenstat
Encounters at AsconaMircea Eliade
On the Edge of the Round Table: Eranos and Theological StudiesDavid L. Miller
Eranos: The Study of Religion as a Religious PhenomenonBernardo Nante
Archetypes and Androgynes at EranosMoshe Idel
The Time of EranosHenry Corbin
Remembrances of EranosMichel Cazenave
The Missing Link: From Jung to Hadot and vice versaRomano Màdera
Non-Duality: The Deep Challenge of Bringing Together Ancient and Modern Ways of Knowledge in an Epistemic World ViewGrazia Shogen Marchianò
Eranos and its MeaningAdolf Portmann and Rudolf Ritsema
The Enlightening Role of Adolf PortmannSigurd von Boletzky
Eranos, Synchronicity, and the I Ching: A Personal JourneyAugusto Shantena Sabbadini
Our Relation to Nature Determines Our Worldview—Eranos and Today’s Great Cultural ChallengeHRH Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Historical Photographs 
Kristine Mann: Jung’s “Miss X” and a Pioneer in PsychoanalysisBeth Darlington
Eranos: An Alternative Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century, by Hans Thomas HaklRobert Hinshaw
The Solar Myths and Opicinus de Canistris: Notes of the Seminar given at Eranos in 1943,
by C . G. Jung, edited by Riccardo Bernardini, Gian Piero Quaglino, and Augusto Romano
Keiron Le Grice
The Life and Ideas of James Hillman, Vol. 1, The Making of a Psychologist, by Dick RussellStanton Marlan
Books by Erel Shalit:Steve Zemmelman
The Complex: Path of Transformation from Archetype to Ego 
The Hero and His Shadow: Psychopolitical Aspects of Myth and Reality in Israel, Revised 
Enemy, Cripple & Beggar: Shadows in the Hero’s Path 
Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return 
The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey 
How and Why We Still Read Jung: Personal and Professional Reflections, edited by Jean Kirsch and Murray SteinRoderick Main
Jung and Moreno: Essays on the Theatre of Human Nature, by Craig E. StephensonRobert Macdonald
Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeAnn Kutek
Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth, by Dennis Patrick SlatterySusan Rowland
Appendix I: Eranos Yearbooks (1933–2014) 
Appendix II: Eranos Round Table Sessions (1990–2002) 
Appendix III: Proceedings of the Associazione Amici di Eranos (1990–2012) 
Appendix IV: Proceedings of the Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Tagungen von Eranos (2001–2014)