The Swedish Prophet
Reflections on the Visionary Philosophy of Emanuel Swedenborg
By Jose Antonio Anton-Pacheco
Translated by Steven Skattebo
Swedenborg Studies #20
José Antonio Antón-Pacheco explores Swedenborg’s views on heaven, angels, primordial language, and the spiritual history of humanity, in the process linking Swedenborg’s thought to that of other philosophers. Read more
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Swedenborg, asserts José Antonio Antón-Pacheco, is a thinker who needs to be understood not only as a child of the Enlightenment but as someone who expresses his experiences in mythical, mystical terms.
Antón-Pacheco examines Swedenborg’s thought from a philosophical perspective, beginning with the way that Swedenborg deals with the oneness and yet distinctness of reality and then moving on to time and space in Swedenborg’s writings and his concept of the church as a description of the state of humanity’s collective soul. Antón-Pacheco also spends some time discussing Swedenborg’s personal mystical experiences, as described in Swedenborg’s dream diary.
This work also includes an analysis of Swedenborg’s relationship to other writers and thinkers, including a rare examination of Swedenborg’s reception in the Hispanic world.
Originally published in Spanish as El Profeta del Norte: Un Libro sobre Swedenborg (2009), this book is an expanded version of Antón-Pacheco’s earlier Un Libro sobre Swedenborg, which was published in English as Visionary Consciousness (2000).
“An important accomplishment that sets Swedenborg in his proper context of esoteric Christianity and reveals his unprecedented and surprising influence on famous authors.”
—Eugene Taylor, PhD, internationally recognized scholar on William James; and author of Shadow Culture: Psychology and Spirituality in America
About the Swedenborg Studies Series
Swedenborg Studies is a scholarly series published by the Swedenborg Foundation. The primary purpose of the series is to make materials available for understanding the life and thought of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) and the impact his thought has had on others. The Foundation undertakes to publish original studies and English translations and to republish primary sources that are otherwise difficult to access.