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From the exile in the space to the space in the soul: Henry Corbin between two worlds

Grant number: 14/06278-3
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): May 24, 2014
Effective date (End): August 23, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal researcher:Olgária Chain Féres Matos
Grantee:Monica Udler Cromberg
Supervisor abroad: Pierre Lory
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), France  
Associated to the scholarship:12/15199-4 - From the exile in the space to the space in the soul: Henry Corbin between two worlds, BP.DR


The objective of this research is to show the importance of Corbin's thought, as well as that of the oriental philosophers that he intends to speak for, to contemporary philsophy. His ideas confront the hegemony of the Western materialistic rationality which has consigned mystical philosophy to the field of irrationalism. I intend to demonstrate some consequences of that banishment to the crisis in meaning in the modern world and to the helplessness of contemporary man. This thesis aims to show how Corbin implies that man's spirituality - his interiority as a being which turns itself to its transcendent foundation, to its supra-human core - is what makes it possible for him to escape the state of exile, the state of "being cast" into the world of merely quantitative newtonian space. For Corbin and his mystics, it is when man comes to have a solid and spiritual inner life that he can integrate the outer world, interiorize it, unveil its Presence and send it back to its "anagogical meaning", instead of being oppressed by its impersonality and lack of meaning - which renders him helpless and/or alienated. Then the world can live in him rather than he in the world. (AU)

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