All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings

All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings

by Tom Cheetham


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ISBN-13: 9781583944554
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 845,143
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tom Cheetham, PhD, is the author of four books on the implications of Henry Corbin's work for the contemporary world. With a background in philosophy and environmental studies, he turned his attention to the work of James Hillman and Henry Corbin in the mid-nineties, and has been writing and lecturing on Corbin since then. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London ( and an adjunct professor at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Spiritual Vision of Henry Corbin 1

Introduction 1

A Biographical Sketch 7

The Legacy of Henry Corbin 12

The Major Themes of Corbin's Thought 16

Chapter 2 Hermeneutics of the Soul: Cyclical Time 32

By Way of Orientation 32

The Orient of Light 37

Cyclical Time in Mazdaism 40

Cyclical Time in Ismailism 48

Chapter 3 Hermeneutics of the Soul: The Visionary Recital 61

A Phenomenology of the Angelic Consciousness 61

The Philosophical Situation 63

The Stranger, the Guide, and the Return of the Soul 75

Chapter 4 In Search of the Lost Speech 87

The Great Drama 87

Ta'wil and Freedom of the Soul 92

The Primacy of the Act 108

The Angel out Ahead 114

The Moth and the Flame 120

Chapter 5 Imagining the Imaginal 130

Angels and Demons, Integration and Orientation: Henry Corbin Meets C. G. Jung 130

Job, Zarathustra, and the Shadow of a Doubt 140

Active Imagination: Therapeutics and Psycho-cosmology 159

Toward a Phenomenology of the Icon 182

Chapter 6 The Vale of Soul-Making 190

Chapter 7 On the Bridge 204

Chapter 8 The Test of the Veil 215

Are You Alive? 215

The Dynamics of Love 225

Chapter 9 The Ignorance of Angels 234

Acknowledgments 252

Notes 254

Bibliography 274

Index 283

About the Author 290

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