"...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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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Habit of Mysticism

Ibn Tufayl, Avicenna & Hayy Ibn Yaqzan discussed in

Getting Used to God: Augustinian and 
Avicennian Approaches to the Habit of 

Daniel J. Gillis

Monday, November 18, 2013

‘In the Karbala of his heart, it may happen that the powers of the carnal soul kill the intellect and the angelic companions who assist it, and uproot all traces of them from man’s heart. Then indeed there is accomplished in each one of us, word for word, the ta’wīl of the tragedy of Karbala.”  - Henry Corbin, (Temple and Contemplation, 46)  See the essay in Isma'ili Gnosis HERE.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

James Hillman Celebration in Dallas

James Hillman's Archetypal Psychology
December 7th, 2013
James Hillman (b. 1926 - d. 2011) was a pioneering psychologist whose imaginative psychology has entered cultural history, affecting lives and minds in a wide range of fields. He is considered the originator of Archetypal Psychology. Along with Donald Cowan, Joanne Stroud, Robert Sardello, and Gail Thomas, he co-founded the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in 1980.

During his lifetime, Hillman became an internationally recognized scholar of Jungian and Post-Jungian thinking, leaving us the legacy of his writings, and as the father of Archetypal Psychology, he is celebrated as one of the most radical critics and innovators of contemporary culture.

Register online here. 
For more information call 214-871-2440 or go online at dallasinstitute.org
 The Dallas Institute 2719 Routh Street, Dallas, Texas 75201