"...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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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dark Church - (Terra Lucida IX-XII)

I am delighted to announce the publication of Joseph Donahue's newest book. It is magnificent. 

Keeping vigil through the night in the realm of the Terra Lucida, which, according to Islamic scholar Henry Corbin, is "the land that secretes its own light," Joseph Donahue's DARK CHURCH lures a pilgrim fraught with memories of modernity and childhood, and who aspires to stand in its temple where ritual adherents drowse in dreams of healing and oracular pronouncements intimate a destiny belonging both to this world and the next. "Long ago, / the truest part of you… / began to approach / the condition of stone." At once vatic, nostalgic, cryptic, and clear, DARK CHURCH is a book of unremitting visionary power.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

11e Journée Henry Corbin - 2015

Chère Amie, Cher Ami

J’ai le plaisir de vous inviter à participer à la 11e Journée Henry Corbin qui se tiendra lesamedi 28 novembre 2015, à l’EPHE - Auditorium, 190 av. de France, 75013 Paris, sur le thème : « Raison philosophique et expérience mystique ».

Les interventions prévues sont les suivantes :

Matinée :

9h30 -10h30, Christian JAMBET (EPHE) : « L’intellect et la mystique chez Sohravardî »

10h30 – 11h30 : Daniel PROULX (Université catholique de Louvain) : « Les écrits théologiques de Henry Corbin, jeune philosophe protestant »

11h30 – 12h30 : Souâd AYADA (Inspection générale de philosophie) : « Pourquoi Ibn 'Arabî, mystique, est-il aussi un philosophe ? »

Après-midi :

14h30 – 15h30 : Serge MARGEL (Université de Lausanne) : « Les émotions mystiques. Réflexions sur la rationalité d’une expérience limite »

15h30 -16h30 : Vincent GOOSSAERT (EPHE) : « Ecriture révélée et production doctrinale en Chine (16e – début du 20e siècles) »

En nous réjouissant de vous rencontrer à cette réunion.


Daniel Gastambide, président, 7 rue Nicolas Houël, 75005 Paris (adresse pour la cotisation annuelle de 25 euros) danielgastambide@gmail.com
Pierre Lory, secrétaire général, lorypierre@gmail.com
Marc Gastambide, trésorier
Daniel Proulx, webmestre http://www.amiscorbin.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hillman Symposium 2015


The Dallas Institute's 2015James Hillman Symposiumtakes as its subject Hillman's decades-long interest in the archetypes of the puer (the youth) and the senex (the old man). He viewed them as two faces of the same figure and suggested that our psyches are split between them, the twofold truth of identity.

What matters is the little syllable "re" -- that's the most important syllable in psychology: remember, return, revision, reflect . . . (James Hillman)

REGISTER today for

The 2015 James Hillman Symposium

16-17 October

Join leading scholars in diverse fields of psychology, art, theater, literature, and film—united in their appreciation of James Hillman’s innovations—in lively, stimulating discussions that will deepen your understanding of what it means to be human, flawed yet potentially healed.


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