Emanuel Swedenborg—Exploring a “World Memory”
Context, Content, Contribution
Edited by Karl Grandin
In 2010, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences hosted their first-ever academic symposium on Emanuel Swedenborg. The papers presented during this symposium represent research from top scholars from all over the world. This resulting volume is a gem for anyone interested in better understanding this influential figure. Read more
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In 2010, a scholarly symposium on Emanuel Swedenborg’s ideas and influence was held at the Center for History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. The symposium was a celebration of a recently completed digital catalog of the academy’s Swedenborg archive, which in 2006 was designated as part of UNESCO’s World Memory program. This was the first time that an academic symposium on Swedenborg was hosted by a non-Swedenborgian institution.
The symposium attracted presenters from all over the world, including some top scholars. Papers were divided into three categories. “Content” describes Swedenborg’s thought, from his use of spheres in his scientific writings to his views on sexuality and marriage to analyses of his theological writings. “Context” explores his times, putting Swedenborg in the context of eighteenth-century philosophy and looking at the organization of the earliest Swedenborgian church. “Contribution” looks at Swedenborg’s influence on philosophy and the arts, from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Czeslaw Milocz to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and William James.
These papers present a rare insight into Swedenborg, who was a member of the Academy during his lifetime. Although only a limited number of attendees were invited to the symposium, now the research is available to all.
“As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, and especially recommended for academic library collections, “Emanuel Swedenborg–Exploring a “World Memory”: Context, Content, Contribution” is essential reading for students of the life and work of Emanuel Swedenborg.”
—Midwest Book Review, February 2014.