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Corbin, Henry

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Author(s): Rousse-Lacordaire, Jérôme
Corbin, Henry, * 14 Apr 1903 (Paris), † 7 Jan 1978 (Paris) A philosopher by training, as early as 1925 Corbin developed a strong interest in Islamology, under the influence of Étienne Gilson, whose course on Latin Avicennism in the Middle Ages he took at the École pratique des Hautes Études (Vth section). A graduate in scholastic and general philosophy, with diplomas from the École pratique des Hautes Études and the École des langues orientales, librarian at the Bibliothèque Nationale, friend of, among othe…

Abellio, Raymond

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Author(s): Rousse-Lacordaire, Jérôme
Abellio, Raymond (ps. of Georges Soulès), * 11 Jan 1907 (Toulouse), † 26 Aug 1986 (Nice) At the end of World War II and a development that had led him from the left wing of the Socialist Party, through Deloncle and Déat's collaborationist parties, to the Resistance Movement, Georges Soulès, a trained engineer, left politics for esotericism. He did so under the influence of Pierre de Combas, a man well versed in esoteric traditions, whom he met in 8943. Considered one of the great French prose writers of his tim…


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Author(s): Rousse-Lacordaire, Jérôme
‘Like the sphinx of old, mysticism remains the point where one meets with an enigma. It can be located but it cannot be categorized’ (De Certeau 1977). This is doubtless one reason why the term is so ambiguous, and so often lends itself to confusion with other forms of apprehending reality, such as → esotericism. Etymologically, the semantic field of mysticism is close to that of esotericism: mu refers to the closed mouth, hence muô, to be closed (especially the eyes and the mouth); mustēs means the “mystes”, the initiated one, he who keeps his lips sealed; mustērion refers to the initiatio…