• Distant Voices

    Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View

    By John Haller
    Foreword by Devin Zuber

    The legacy of the Enlightenment philosopher, scientist, and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) permeated widely throughout nineteenth-century literature, art, and social reform movements. In Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View, John S. Haller presents the reader with a sampling of the many nearly-forgotten ways in which Swedenborg shaped this fascinating era. Read more

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The legacy of the Enlightenment philosopher, scientist, and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) permeated widely throughout nineteenth-century literature, art, and social reform movements. In Distant Voices: Sketches of a Swedenborgian World View, John S. Haller takes us from the mid-nineteenth-century worlds of Henry James Sr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Charles Fourier through to the 1960s era of counterculture shaped by D. T. Suzuki. Each chapter can be read as a self-contained essay: biographical and critical appraisals (and reappraisals) in which the subjects are linked together by their use of Swedenborg, their interest in Eastern culture, and their desire for the betterment of society. The complete list of essays includes Henry James Sr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Fourier, Albert Brisbane, Thomas Lake Harris, J. J. G. Wilkinson, James Tyler Kent, Charles Bonney, The World’s Parliament of Religions, Paul Carus, Herman Vetterling, Ralph Waldo Trine, and D. T. Suzuki.

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