"...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, March 30, 2014

Major new essay on Corbin & Heidegger

The authors are to be congratulated on a major piece of scholarship.

CAMILLERI, Sylvain et PROULX, Daniel, « Martin Heidegger et Henry Corbin : lettres et documents (1930-1941) », dans Bulletin heideggĂ©rien, vol. 4, 2014, p. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Deconstructing God

 In its most condensed formulation, deconstruction is affirmation, a “yes, yes, come” to the future and also to the past, since the authentic past is also ahead of us. It leads to, it is led by, a “yes” to the transforming surprise, to the promise of what is to come in whatever we have inherited — in politics, art, science, law, reason and so on. The bottom line is “yes, come.”

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Henry Corbin and Russian Religious Thought by Hadi Fakhoury

I am excited and delighted to be able to present here the full text of Hadi Fakhoury's master's thesis. It is a remarkable piece of scholarship and an immensely important contribution to our understanding of Corbin's thought. It is truly essential reading for everyone with an interest in Corbin's work. I came away from it with a far deeper grasp of what Corbin was up to and of the origins and the development of his thought. I look forward to the publication of this superb work and to whatever comes next from Fakhoury's powerful pen.

Henry Corbin and Russian Religious Thought
Hadi Fakhoury
Institute of Islamic Studies
McGill University, Montreal

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hafez on PBS

The works of 14th century Persian poet Hafez are iconic in Iran. Poet and scholar Dick Davis has spent years bringing the medieval writer's words to the West. Jeffrey Brown talks to Davis about his experiences with Persian culture, the challenges of translating and his new book, "Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Eranos: An Alternative Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century

Hakl, Hans Thomas.
Sheffield: Equinox, 2013

"This is the most balanced and well-informed history of the Eranos Conferences where, once a year, some of the most provocative thinkers of the world gathered to discuss the most pressing issues of the times: religious symbolism, the nature of spirit, art and creativity, utopia, language, norms in a changing world, pluralism ... Eranos represents an important counterpart to the dominant spiritual and intellectual history of the twentieth century precisely because it encouraged thinking and living at the radical edge." David L. Miller, Syracuse University

Gemistos Plethon

Platonism in Late Byzantium, between Hellenism and Orthodoxy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Advance Notice of an Important Publication

Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Vol. 92

Publication Date: Winter 2014

Editor-in-Chief, Nancy Cater, J.D., Ph.D. 
Guest Editor: Riccardo Bernardini, Scientific Secretary, Eranos Foundation

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

On Platonic Theology

The Rebirth of Platonic Theology: Proceedings of the Conference Held at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Villa I Tatti) and the Istitutio Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (Florence, 26-27 April 2007) for J. B. Michael Allen, ed. James Hankins and Fabrizio Meroi (Firenze: Olschki, 2013)

The Rebirth of Platonic Theology: Proceedings of the Conference Held at the Harvard University Center for I... by Tom Cheetham