Philosophy, Literature, Mysticism

An Anthology of essays on the thought and influence of Emanuel Swedenborg

Edited by Stephen McNeilly

Containing contributions from Czeslaw Milosz, Inge Jonsson, Anders Hallengren, H J Jackson, Gregory R Johnson, Anna Maddison, Saori Osuga, Devin P Zuber, Hazel Hutchison, Eugene Taylor,  Gary Lachman, Michelle Gilmore-Grier, Ariel Hessayon, Keri Davies and Richard Lines.

This library edition comes in a special boxed slip case and makes use of unique archival papers. Printed in a limited edition of 300.

Format: cased/with slip box
Pages: 525
Editor: Stephen McNeilly
Publisher: The Swedenborg Society
Assistant editors: James Wilson/Holly Catling
Dimensions: 190 x 225 mm
Language: English
Place of publication: London, UK.
Date of publication: 2013
Limited edition: 300

ISBN: 978-0-85448-161-3

Philosophy, Literature, Mysticism


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The most comprehensive single contribution to date on Swedenborg's influence on the History of Ideas. This volume contains a collection of essays by leading writers looking specifically at Swedenborg's place within the history of philosophy, literature and mysticism. A key textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate research into eighteenth- and nineteenth-century studies, and also a good general introduction to Swedenborg. 


Preface  Stephen McNeilly
Foreword Inge Jonsson

Part one

  • Swedenborg and Kant on spiritual intuition Michelle Gilmore-Grier
  • Swedenborg’s positive influence on the development of Kant’s mature moral philosophy Gregory R Johnson
  • C S Peirce and Swedenborg Eugene Taylor
  • Schopenhauer as reader of Swedenborg Gregory R Johnson 
  • ‘Swedenborg’s Meaning is the truth’: Coleridge, Tulk and Swedenborg H J Jackson
  • Swedenborgian simile in Emersonian edification Anders Hallengren
  • Swedenborg, existentialism and the active life Gary Lachman

Part two

  • Blake and Swedenborg Czeslaw Milosz
  • Balzac and Swedenborg Saori Osuga
  • Spiritualized science and the celestial artist:Nathaniel Hawthorne and Swedenborgian aesthetics Devin P Zuber
  • The spiritual detective: how Baudelaire invented Symbolism, by way of Swedenborg, E T A Hoffmann and Edgar Allan Poe Gary Lachman
  • A hermeneutic key to the title Leaves of Grass Anders Hallengren
  • Swedenborg and Dostoevsky: an interview Czeslaw Milosz
  • Ideal homes: James, Rossetti and Swedenborg’s House of Life Hazel Hutchison
  • ‘Through Death to Love’: Swedenborgian imagery in the painting and poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Anna Maddison

Part three

  • Swedenborg the mystic Czeslaw Milosz
  • Jacob Boehme, Emanuel Swedenborg and their readers Ariel Hessayon
  • ‘The Swedishman at Brother Brockmer’s’: Moravians and Swedenborgians in eighteenth-century London Keri Davies
  • Handel, Hogarth and Swedenborg: manners and morals in eighteenth-century London Richard Lines
  • Jung and his intellectual context: the Swedenborgian connection Eugene Taylor