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).