"...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.
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.
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."
"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
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)
Christian Jambet, directeur d’études, EPHE La liberté spirituelle en islam et l’interprétation de “Pas de contrainte en religion”
Mardi 7 janvier 2014
Amphithéâtre François Furet, 105 bd Raspail, 75006 Paris (M° Saint-Placide ou Notre-Dame-des-champs)
Dans l’esprit et la lettre des théologies majoritaires en islam, la liberté de l’homme est inséparable de la Loi et du décret divin. On montrera que les formes de la liberté consistent non à s’abstraire de l’ordre divin intégral, mais à se rendre, en quelque façon, semblable à Celui qui l’instaure, par une démarche intérieure et spirituelle. On prendra l’exemple de l’interprétation de la phrase fameuse, présente dans le Coran (2, 256), “Pas de contrainte en religion”, par le grand philosophe Mullâ Sadrâ, et l’on s’interrogera sur le sens, pour le destin de l’islam, de la distinction entre une liberté intérieure, perfection de l’âme, et une liberté extérieure à la Loi, jugée illicite ou illusoire.
Modérateur : Bernard Heyberger, directeur d’études EHESS, directeur de l’IISMM-EHESS
‘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.
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.