"...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, March 27, 2013

Celestial Magic

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David
The Sophia Centre
In association with the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology
See our website for details of speakersabstracts and booking  

Friday 21 June (evening) - Sunday 23 June 2013
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute, 16-19 Queen Square,
Bath BA1 2HN, UK 

Keynote speakers:

Joscelyn Godwin, Professor of Music at Colgate University, New York State,

'Astral Ascent in the Occult Revival'

Prof Peter Forshaw
Universitair Docent (Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor) for the History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period at the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam.

'The Goal of the Wise: Medieval and Renaissance Astral Magic and the Influence of the Picatrix'

Prof. Elliot R. Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

'Ascending Jacob's Ladder: Celestial Magic and the Demiurgical Angel in Merkavah Mysticism and Kabbalistic Esotericism'