HENRY CORBIN DISCUSSION GROUP
EVENT: HENRY CORBIN DISCUSSION GROUP
DATE: 8th May 2019
TIME: 2.00-4.00 pm
VENUE: Gardiner Room, Swedenborg House, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
SPEAKER/S: Max Phillips
Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam – Chapter II Comparative Spiritual Hermeneutics
Discussions will be led by Max Phillips
In the current cultural paradigm, which takes for granted the tenets of scientific materialism, the word ‘imaginary’ is often used synonymously with ‘unreal’. However, in most traditional cultures the life of inner experience has been valued as the source of richness and meaning that not only carried importance vis-à-vis the world of matter, but stood in counterbalance to it. Hence, in the Islamic tradition, every phenomenon in the outer-world (Ẓāhir) has its corresponding opposite in the inner world of spirit (bāṭin). The uncovering of these inner worlds (or ‘climates’) is the goal of the spiritual seeker.
The discussions will be based on the publication Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam by the late Islamic scholar and perennial philosopher Henry Corbin. We will continue with the second essay titled ‘Comparative Spiritual Hermeneutics’, which compares the revelation of the internal sense of the sacred books to two distinct religions, Christianity and Islam.
HENRY CORBIN (1903-78) was a philosopher, theologian and professor of Islamic Studies at the École pratique des hautes études in Paris. His work has had a lasting impact with, amongst others, poet Kathleen Raine and critic Harold Bloom citing him as significant influences.
Copies of Swedenborg and Esoteric Islam can be purchased from the Swedenborg House bookshop. You can also download EPUB and Kindle versions direct from the publisher, the Swedenborg Foundation.