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Scientific & Philosophical Works

Studies in Swedenborg's Ideas from the Swedenborg Scientific Association

Most of the following works were published in Latin between 1734 and 1745 and are a series of volumes on the natural sciences in which Swedenborg makes not only important contributions to the understanding of nature, but also sets forth the philosophy that lights the way in his explorations. Although he spent two years (1736-38) studying anatomy, and dissecting, in Paris, in his physiological works he draws mostly on the anatomists' works of his day. Behind this immense effort lay a thirst for understanding, particularly regarding the operation of the human soul in its kingdom, the body. These works are not only an important part of 18th century literature, but also contain stimulating insights into both physical and psychological human life.

The Brain
Trans. by Rudolf L. Tafel. James Spiers, London, 1882/1887. SSA, 2005

In 1743 Emanuel Swedenborg completed his second major work on the human brain. Called the “Stockholm Manuscript” by scholars of his scientific works, it lay in the Archives of the Swedish Academy of Sciences until it was edited and translated into English by Rudolf L. Tafel. It was published posthumously as The Brain in two volumes by James Spiers, London, in 1882 and 1887. This edition is a direct reprint of those two volumes.

The Brain follows The Cerebrum in dealing in considerable detail with the animation, or inherent motion of the cerebrum, and the predictable motion of its membranes and the cranial bones secondary to it. But this work extends the description of this phenomenon to the cerebellum and spinal cord as well. It is here that we find an anatomical description of the “circle of life”: the descent of the “animal spirit,” or soul, from the cerebrum as a component of the cerebrospinal fluid, to be delivered to all parts of the body by the circulation of the blood, which, when depleted, is returned to the cerebrum via the carotid arteries. Other sections of the work describe the structure and function of the cerebellum, the pineal and pituitary glands; and in a remarkable demonstration of his induction, Swedenborg traces the course of the “cerebro-spinal liquid” from its production by the cerebral blood vessels through the ventricles to its escape into the body along the sheaths of segmental nerves. In these and other parts of The Brain Swedenborg clearly anticipates the discoveries of anatomists and physiologists to come.

Of particular interest is Tafel’s format, chosen to present Swedenborg’s manuscript in comparison with the findings of contemporary physiologists. This makes for a historical document in its own right, as this “contemporary” science will soon be 125 years old. This and Tafel’s considerable commentary, however, remains useful to the purposes of modern scholarship, as he presents Swedenborg’s discoveries in the context of the history of science.

It is a relief finally to see this important work in print again to join its counterpart, The Cerebrum, in a remarkable early work on the anatomy and physiology of the human brain.

Vol. I 834 pp. Paper.
Vol. II 660 pp. Paper.
Set of Two Volumes, ISBN 0-915221-50-0, $49.95

 

Principia
Trans. by Augustus Clissold. W. Newbery, London, 1845-46.

Principia, or "The first principles of natural things, being new attempts toward a philosophical explanation of the elementary world" was first published in Latin in 1734. It opens with an essay on the author's philosophical method which involves the employment of the trilogy of "experience, geometry and the power of reason." The work is about the creation of the elementary world and includes the original enunciation of the nebular hypothesis. It also includes a lengthy treatment of magnetism. It is the first of the series written from 1734 to 1745 in which the author sought to establish the method of the soul's operation in the human body. Illus. Author & Subject indexes.

Set of Two Volumes, ISBN 0-9l5221-20-g. $26.00.
Set of Two Volumes, along with The Listening Threads. $40.00.
 

 

The Infinite and the Final Cause of Creation
Trans. by J.J. Garth Wilkinson 1847. Swedenborg Society, London.

First published in 1734, this work examines the Infinite and its relation to the finite. It also explores the nature of the interaction of the soul and body.

An important work in Swedenborg's philosophical development, looking back to Principia and forward to the later physiological and psychological works. Index.

235 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-12-8. $12.95.
 

 

Dynamics of The Soul’s Domain
Publ. anonymously by Swedenborg 1740-41. Reprinted 1742 and 1748. Trans. by Augustus Clissold 1845. Reprinted 1903, New Church Press, New York; and 1955, 2009 SSA.

It is a study of human physiology and psychology, with focus in Vol. I on the blood and cardiac system, with consideration of gestation. Vol. II begins with a chapter titled "An Introduction to Rational Psychology" wherein Swedenborg enunciates
his important doctrine of Series and Degrees. Vol. II focuses on the brain and the human soul. Author & Subject indexes in Vol. II.

Reprinted 2009
Vol.I, 564 pp. Paper
Vol.II, 428 pp. Paper
Set only. ISBN 0-915221-09-8. $49.95

 

Dynamics of The Soul’s Domain Vol. III. The Fibre
Trans. by Alfred Acton.

Though clearly prepared for the press, this work was not published by Swedenborg. It was written in 1741-42. The work treats of the medullary fibre of the brain, the nerve fibres of the body, the arachnoid tunic, and diseases of the fibre. The latter part treats of both physical and psychological pathology. Particularly important philosophically is a 30-page section on Swedenborg's doctrine of forms, a crucial doctrine in his causal theory. Author & Subject indexes.

382 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-23-3. $16.95.
Set Vols. I, II, & III $64.95.
 

 

The Five Senses
Trans. by Enoch S. Price. 1914. Reprinted 1976.

The original work, completed in 1744, was a first draft of a contemplated work, not a finished treatise. Internal evidence places it in The Animal Kingdom series of which it can be considered Part III—Parts I & II being published in the two vols. The Animal Kingdom (see above). Author & Subject indexes.

380 pp. Paper. ISBN 0-915221-26-8. $19.95
 

The Organs of Generation

The Organs of Generation (The Soul’s Domain Considered Anatomically, Physically, and Philosophically: Parts 4 and 5, the Organs of Generation, and the Formation of the Fetus in the Womb, After Which Follow Chapters on the Breasts and the Periosteum.) Index. Plates.

Emanuel Swedenborg, 1743. Translated by A. Acton, Philadelphia: Boericke & Tafel, 1912. Reprinted 1928 by the Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania Reprinted by the Swedenborg Scientific Association, 2009

This work, part of Swedenborg’s Soul’s Domain (formerly Animal Kingdom) series, continues the examination of the operation of the soul in the body, but from the perspective of its descent into the organs of generation.

420 pp. ISBN 978-091522186-8. $24.95
 

The Cerebrum
Trans. by Alfred Acton. 1938. Reprinted 1976, 2005.

At the age of forty-eight, after years of self-study in human anatomy and physiology, Emanuel Swedenborg traveled to Paris in 1736 for formal studies in the School of Chirurgery and Dissection. After two years there, he went to Venice to write a comprehensive study of the human brain, with a clear interest in localizing its interaction with the soul.

Called the “Venice Manuscript” by scholars of Swedenborg’s science, this work of 1738, which Swedenborg left unpublished, is a seminal study in many ways. His first of two major works on the brain,* this book serves to illustrate the power of induction, or reasoning from specifics to general scientific principles, at which Swedenborg excelled. It is here that he describes the animation, or intrinsic motion of the brain, and the predictable motion of its membranes and the cranial bones secondary to it. In other sections Swedenborg proposes an ingenious interpretation of endocrine neurophysiology and the central role of the cerebral cortex in motor function.

First published as The Cerebrum by the Swedenborg Scientific Association in 1938 and 1940, this translation by Alfred Acton stands as a monument to the scientific foundations of Swedenborg’s uniquely rational approach to reality, across the spectrum from natural philosophy to metaphysics. Cerebrum was reprinted in 1976 in two volumes; it is this edition that is reprinted here. The latter half of Vol. II consists of plates of line drawings beautifully reproduced from the works of the anatomists.

Vol. I 766 pp. Paper.
Vol. II 366 pp. Paper.
Set of Two Volumes, ISBN 0-915221-51-9. Sold as set only. $44.95

 

Psychologica
Translated by the Rev. Dr. Alfred Acton

Psychologica, an unpublished manuscript of Emanuel Swedenborg, written 1734. Translated by the Rev. Dr. Alfred Acton and published in 1923 by the Swedenborg Scientific Association, Bryn Athyn, PA. Index. Reprinted 2009

The work contained herein, entitled “Psychologica” by the translator, is drawn from Swedenborg’s Codex 88, one of his journals in which he took notes on various works by other authors. These notes are interspersed with entries recording his travels in 1733 and 1734. The portion of Codex 88 extracted here comprises the extensive notes taken on Psychologia Empirica of Christian Wolff (1679–1754) accompanied with substantial commentary by Swedenborg.

170 pp. ISBN 978-091522183-7. $12.95
 

Rational Psychology
Trans. by Norbert H. Rogers & Alfred Acton.
Revised edition 2001

Written by Swedenborg in 1742, this work represents the culmination of the author's planned works in the Economy series. Detailed examination of the human mind from the innermost soul down to its most earthly and sense-based elements. Considers the nature of emotions and passions as well as different kinds and levels of ideas, and the process of thinking. Concludes with discussion of the effect on the mind of bodily death, with speculations as to which mental elements perish at death and which survive. Includes Swedenborg's first use of the distinctive term and concept of "conjugial love"—a spiritual married love lasting to eternity.

This work is the fullest treatment of the mind in Swedenborg's pre-theological period, and one of the most widely read. It is remarkable that the author was not sufficiently satisfied to publish it—perhaps because his outline implied the eventual death of too many mental processes. Swedenborg felt it necessary to seek the soul through fuller anatomical study of its kingdom in the series of "tomes" entitled The Animal Kingdom. Index.

340 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-05-5. $19.95.
 

 

Rational Psychology. Concordance
Prepared by Harold F. Pitcairn.

First printed 1960. Reprinted 2009

337 pp. ISBN 978-0915221185-1. $19.95
Two Volume Set Includes Rational Psychology. $44.95.
 

 

Psychological Transactions and Other Posthumous Tracts, 1734-1744
Second Edition. Trans. & edited by Alfred Acton in 1920, with a new foreword
by W.R. Woofenden et al. 1984.

Includes six important manuscripts on the relation between soul and body, written about 1742. Also includes Swedenborg's creative and important Hieroglyphic Key (1744); it was in this short work that Swedenborg began to systematically outline the doctrine of correspondences. This volume also includes short treatises on "Faith in Christ," "The Way to a Knowledge of the Soul," and "Faith and Good Works."

These short treatises afford a fascinating picture of Swedenborg's thinking while midway in his search for the soul. In the work on "Action," the reader will find clues to his growing awareness that the realm of the spirit is completely distinct from the material and without spatial characteristics. Indexes of "correspondences," author & subject; Scripture passages.

282 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-62-4. $14.95.
 

 

Ontology, or the Signification of Philosophical Terms
Trans. by Alfred Acton from the 1742 Latin manuscript. 1901.

Swedenborg defines various philosophical terms through citations from Dupleix, Baron, and Wolff, followed by his own commentary. Preface; notes by the translator. Index.

59 pp. Paper. ISBN 0-915221-00-4. $3.00.
 

 

A Philosopher's Notebook
Trans. and edited by Alfred Acton.
First printed 1931. Reprinted 1976, 2009

This remarkable volume is principally a publication of quotations, paraphrases and notes that Swedenborg made in 1741-1744, as he studied widely in philosophers from Plato and Aristotle to contemporaries such as Leibnitz, Wolff, Bilfinger. Most excerpts are in the areas of psychology (e.g., soul, organic mind, intellect, reason, will, sensation, dreams, imagination, memory, ideas, etc.); philosophy (logic, syllogism, categories, fallacies, appearances, error, end, mean, the simple, conjecture, probability, etc.); and theology (faith, good works, predestination and foreknowledge of God, fortune, free decision, Gentile religion and Islam, Adam, the Messiah, prayer, death, punishment, etc.). Also material on optics, musical harmony, mathematics, and outlines of his projected works on anatomy.

This volume not only demonstrates Swedenborg's remarkably broad interests and erudition, but also serves to summarize the understanding of the mid-18th century intellectual world on a variety of important philosophical questions—a fascinating portrait of the intellectual milieu of the 1740s. Indexes of Scripture passages; authors and books; subjects.

572 pp. ISBN 978-0915221184-4. $29.95
 

Dynamics of The Soul’s Domain, Considered Anatomically, Physically, and Philosophically (Regnum animale, anatomice, physice, et philosophice perlustratum), 1744–45 (2 Volumes).

Translated by J.J. Garth Wilkinson, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of London. Volumes I (1843) and II (1844) published by W. Newberry, London. Reprinted in 1960 by the Swedenborg Scientific Association, Bryn Athyn, Pa.

Note: The Latin title Regnum Animale was curiously rendered The Animal Kingdom by Wilkinson in his 1843 English translation. Regnum Animale will appear as The Soul’s Domain in future translations and citations, to more accurately convey the idea of the human body as the domain of the soul, as it does now in this new reprint.

The final installment in Swedenborg’s long series of published works on the natural sciences deals with aspects of regnum animale (the soul’s domain) not treated in his earlier works. It contains a refinement of philosophical principles regarding the operation of the human body, as well as extracts from the anatomists of his day. Its purpose is to approach, through a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and physiology, the nexus of soul and body and to describe their interaction in anatomical terms.

This is a work in three parts, Part I dealing with the viscera of the abdomen, Part II with the viscera of the thorax and Part III with the skin, the organs of touch and taste, and organic forms in general. Swedenborg left Parts IV (The Organs of Generation) and V (The Five Senses) unpublished as he resigned his scientific commission to begin a comprehensive treatment of the Scriptures and a universal theology of the New Jerusalem.

The The Soul's Domain makes several contributions to our understanding of the human body as a harmony of dynamic processes. These include a consideration of anatomical elements by degrees, in a refinement of his contiguum concept of a structural platform for functional integration across discrete levels of organization. To explain this effectively, the notion of correspondence between levels, in a comprehensive functional link, is offered here; this would become the central principle of spiritual-natural interaction in Swedenborg’s theological works to come.

Reprinted 2009.
Vol. I 554 pp. Paper.
Vol. II 670 pp. Paper.
Set ISBN 0-915221-79-9. Sold as set only. $49.95

 

Swedenborg’s Journal of Dreams 1743–1744
William Ross Woofenden, Editor

In the introduction to this 1986 edition, Wilson Van Dusen makes the following observation: “To begin with, this Journal of Dreams was obviously not intended for publication. We are privileged to see a very personal journal . . . Because Swedenborg did no actually invite us to see this, we should treat this material with some respect. We are privileged to see here what is probably the oldest and longest series of dreams available in any language . . . For those who really want to understand spiritual development we could not have a more fortuitous kind of material. The Journal was written just when Swedenborg, the scientist, was changing to become the religious seer. p. xv).” In this edition we have Swedenborg’s journal uninterrupted by commentary or interpretation. Includes prefaces to this and the 1977 edition published by the Swedenborg Foundation, as well as an introduction by Wilson Van Dusen. Index.

ISBN 0-915221-67-5, 120 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, pb, $9.00, 1989
 

 

Early Works by Swedenborg

Principles of Chemistry, with other Treatises
Trans. by C.E. Strutt. William Newbery, Holborn; Otis Clapp, Boston 1847. Reprinted 1976.

In 1721 Swedenborg published (among other things) three treatises: Prodromus principorum rerum naturalium.... (Forerunner of first principles of natural things, or new attempts to explain chemistry and experimental physics geometrically); one titled Iron and Fire; and one titled Finding the Longitude of Places. These were translated by Strutt, and published together in 1847.

The first part on chemistry contains Swedenborg's seminal ideas on crystallography. The second on iron and fire includes an original design for an efficient stove for home heating. The third has a method for longitude determination by lunar observations.

Also included are short engineering works on dock and dam construction, and on the determination of the characteristics of ships by experiments with models in tanks—forerunner to modern design-testing procedures. Illus. Index.

253 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-22-5. $14.95.
 

 

Miscellaneous Observations Connected With the Physical Sciences
Originally published in Latin 1722. Trans. by C.E. Struff. 1847. Reprinted 1976.

A series of commentaries by Swedenborg on miscellaneous natural phenomena, particularly concerning geology, mineralogy, chemistry, physics. Includes Swedenborg's memoir of King Charles XII's development of a "new Sexagenary Calculus" (number system based on 64). Illus. Author & Subject indexes.

168 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-21-7. $12.95.
 

 

On Tremulation
Trans. by C.T. Odhner from Swedish manuscripts of 1718 & 1719. 1899.
OS. Revised edition in preparation.

Fragments of a remarkable theory about "our most subtle nature, showing that our moving and living force consists of vibrations." This prelude to Swedenborg's search for the soul is his first examination of the relation between physiology and mental consciousness. He conceives of human sensations as consisting of subtle vibrations or "tremulations." While parts of the original treatise have been lost, this short volume includes all known fragments of Swedenborg on the theory, and outlines his earliest thinking on the soul-body problem. Index.

65pp. Paper. ISBN 0-915221-60-8. $9.95
 

Letters and Memorials of Emanuel Swedenborg
Trans. & edited by Alfred Acton.

The most complete collection available of Swedenborg's known letters and memoranda, chronologically arranged and fully annotated. Acton's translations retain "so far as possible, the style and flavor of the originals." Considerable commentary connects the letters and memoranda with Swedenborg's travels and manifold activities. Included also are letters written to Swedenborg and documents to which his own memoranda and letters are replies. These volumes constitute the most complete biographical reference source now in print, organized and explained by the leading authority on Swedenborg's life. Index.

Set of Two Volumes ISBN 0-915221-04-7. $44.95.
 

 

Works By Other Authors

Osteopathy and Swedenborg
David B. Fuller, D.O., F.A.A.O.

Swedenborg’s influences on osteopathy were more than metaphysical. His descriptions of fluid and fascia resonate with Still and Sutherland’s ideas and show that the connection of science and spirit is an essential element in both the development of Swedenborg’s metaphysics as well as in the development of osteopathy. Although osteopathy was not the direct outgrowth of Swedenborg’s philosophy, his influence can be seen throughout its growth, from the beginning with Still and continued development through Sutherland. The two philosophies are clearly linked through their founders and philosophy, and a thorough knowledge and understanding of both schools of thought will help to elucidate their complex and complementary connections.

“A scholarly and eminently readable work offering a valuable perspective on the place of Swedenborg, one of the world’s greatest polymaths, within the intellectual currents that shaped the development and continued evolution of Still’s and, even more so, to Sutherland’s thought.” —Jane Eliza Stark, D.O.M.P.

“. . . thorough analysis of the influence that . . . Swedenborg had upon Still, Sutherland, and other seminal osteopathic thinkers.” —Kenneth Nelson, D.O., F.A.A.O., F.A.C.O.F.P. (Dist.)

Dr. Fuller teaches and practices at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is board certified in three specialties.

624 pp. Hardback, ISBN: 978-0-910557-82-5. $59.95.
 

Mentics, A Mind Modeling Method
Oliver Odhner and Rachel Odhner

The task of Mentics, A Mind Modeling Method, undertaken by its authors, Oliver Odhner and his wife Rachel Odhner, was the development of a method of modeling mental structures and processes.

Among Swedenborg's quests for truth was a hope to develop a "universal mathesis" that would be able to model all of reality. Such a mathesis would not only be able to model the physical environment as mathematics can do with such wonderful precision, but would carry formulations of similar precision and scope to model all living transcendent levels such as psychology, morality and theology. But he realized that he had not yet found the universal philosophic principles that he needed for such a mathesis.

At that point, his career suddenly changed. He experienced a visionary call by Jesus Christ to study the Bible to explain to the world exactly why and how it means exactly what it actually does mean. He had to leave his mathesis dream behind him. However, Swedenborg did indeed discover from his extensive exegesis the principles that were lacking. The authors of Mentics, long-time readers of Swedenborg's works, recognized that the method which they had been developing for many years to codify mental structures and processes, correlates surprisingly well with those principles. This ground-breaking book finally provides psychology with a universal mathesis and a general theory of mind.

118 pp. paperback ISBN-13 978-0-9010557-78-8. $19.95.
 

Harold F. Pitcairn: Aviator, Inventor, and Developer of the Autogiro
Carl R. Gunther

“In today’s aviation parlance, Harold F. Pitcairn had “The Right Stuff.” He was, at once, a patriot, an aviation pioneer, a business man, a designer, an inventor, a dreamer, and a forecaster of the future. He was a giant of a man in the development and growth of heavier-than-air aviation in The United States. Not only was he responsible for the research, design, and manufacture of a number of different aircraft models, including the famous Mailwing series and his pioneering jump-takeoff Autogiros with fully articulated rotor heads--he was granted twenty-six US Government patents on rotary-wing aircraft—but he accomplished all of this while heavily committed to developing and implementing one of the longest air-mail routes in the country.” (From the Introduction)

Ronald K. Nelson
Major General United States Marine Corps (Ret)

Cloth. 745 pp. 25 plates. Index. ISBN: 978-0-910557-73-3. $39.95
Sewn Paper: ISBN: 978-0-910557-75-7. $29.95
 

Reflection
George de Charms

George de Charms (1889–1988) is widely known in New Church circles for his extraordinary devotion to the church and for his wide-ranging contributions to its life. He was Executive Bishop of the General Church of the New Jerusalem from 1937 to his retirement in 1961. Notable published studies include Harmony of the Four Gospels (Academy of the New Church Press, 1978); The Growth of the Mind: A New Church Interpretation (Academy Book Room, 1953.); and Imagination and Rationality (Swedenborg Scientific Association, 1981).

In the opening chapter we read: “’There are more arcana in the doctrine of reflection than in any other whatever.’ This arresting statement is found in number 733 of [Swedenborg’s] Spiritual Experiences. It seems to challenge the generally accepted view . . . However, when we analyze the teaching of the Writings on the subject, we learn that it has universal application because it underlies all the other operations of the human mind . . . All consciousness depends upon it . . . Without it the Lord could not have effected the Glorification of His Human . . .”

63 pp. Paperback ISBN: 978-0-915221-88-2. $9.95
 

The Listening Threads. The Formal Cosmology of Emanuel Swedenborg
Norman Newton.

Norman Newton's The Listening Threads is a major New Church collateral work that puts Swedenborg's Principia into its proper context of Age of Reason scholarship. There have been commentaries on the Principia in the past, but none so authoritative as this. Newton uncovers Swedenborg's method, and finds his religion and science equally at work in forging radical, prescient perspectives on the major problems of the day. Newton shows us Swedenborg at work, in an important new book from the Swedenborg Scientific Association. Diagrams. Index.

428 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-66-7. $24.95.
 

 

Words for the New Church
IV
Science and Philosophy

Words for the New Church was originally published in 1879 by J.B. Lippincott & Co. for the Academy of the New Church, then reprinted by the Swedenborg Scientific Association, Bryn Athyn, PA, in 1976. The Contents table below gives an idea of the scope of topics addressed.

CONTENTS I. Introduction II. Importance of Natural Science in the New Church III. Character of the Inhabitants in the Earth IV. Natural Science Considered Intrinsically V. Natural Sciences the Means for an Ulterior End VI. Natural Science and Religion VII. Twofold Methods of Viewing Nature VIII. Natural and Spiritual Scientists IX. Modern Science in the Light of the New Church X. Metaphysics in the Light of the New Church Appended Note

294 pp. Hardbound ISBN 0-915221-24-1. $5.50
 

 

The Natural Basis of Spiritual Reality
Norman J Berridge
With anatomical drawings by Linda Simonetti Odhner
First edition 1993, reprinted 2001

“The body of man is the natural object corresponding most closely to heaven and having the greatest relevance to the truly human form. Hence it is that human anatomy and physiology facilitate our understanding of the doctrine of the Grand Man. How delightful it is to think about the beauty and wonder of the bodily structure and function and at the same time to realize that it is the product of the Lord’s love and wisdom descended by degrees through heavens. One may easily be lost in wonder and praise. Yet this joyful experience is only a small trace of what it could be if more study, more time and more people were devoted to building temples of wisdom on the foundations of nature.” From the Preface

The book contains nineteen chapters. The first three provide the theoretical basis for the text, drawing on ideas in the Writings of Swedenborg. Then follow fifteen chapters in which the correspondences of nine major bodily organs and systems are explored. The closing Chapter XIX is titled “The interface between the Spiritual and the Physical.”

Dr. Berridge spent a lifetime as a research biochemist and has written a book in which the religion and science dialog takes on new meaning through the doctrine of correspondences.

401 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-69-1. $24.95
 

Religion and Science
Gregory L. Baker

Conventional wisdom suggests that science and religion are unrelated and often in conflict. Yet, both areas contribute to the totality of human knowledge. In Religion and Science Gregory L. Baker examines this relationship from both his own experience as a physicist and his religious faith—based upon the theological writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the eighteenthcentury scientist, philosopher, and theologian.

Dr. Baker begins with a summary of Swedenborgian philosophic and theologic thought. The work continues with a discussion of sources and uses made of knowledge as found separately in science and religion. The bulk of the book provides an interweaving of religious and scientific thought in such a way as to preserve the integrity of both fields. Topics range from the ‘big bang’ to ‘chaotic dynamics.'

ISBN 0-934623-09-0. 165 pp. Paper. $5.50
 

The Human Mind
Hugo L. Odhner.

Serious study of Swedenborg's psychology by a leading twentieth century authority on Swedenborg. In a series of essays Odhner clearly and concisely examines a wide variety of topics concerning the human mental constitution, including its state after death. Particularly helpful in explaining Swedenborg's conception of the relation between the physical and spiritual realms. Fascinating treatment of the memory and its relation to imagination and rational thought. Diagrams. Index.

127 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-66-7. $5.50.
 

 

Physiological Correspondences
John Worcester

This popular work has stood the test of time. In it Worcester applies Swedenborg's doctrine of correspondences to a consideration of aspects of all the systems of the human body. The only work of its kind to date.

432 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-64-0. $14.95.
 

 

Swedenborg and His Influence
Erland J. Brock et al, eds.

The year 1988 is the three-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Emanuel Swedenborg, scientist, philosopher, and theologian. While he was a man of scientific temperament and insight, it is the record of his spiritual journey that has had a subtle and pervasive influence on so many individuals who have helped shape our culture. This collection of 24 articles represents original research on Swedenborg and his influence.

The 24 articles are organized into seven topical areas: European Literature; Philosophy & Social Science; Natural Science; The American Enlightenment; Religion; History; and the Arts. The work contains papers which trace the connections between Swedenborg and Kant, LeFanu (the ghost story writer), the elder James, Jung, and George Inness. Politics, psychology, cosmology, concepts of heaven, freemasonry, and the Chicago city plan are also addressed in this anthology.

Such noted scholars as Inge Jonsson of the University of Stockholm, Gustaf O. S. Arrhenius of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California), and Bernhard Lang of Paderborn are included among the authors. Written specifically for the anniversary year, these papers were presented at an international symposium at Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, in February 1988. This important work deserves to be on the shelves of private, college, university, and public libraries. Illus. Index.

492 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-910557-23-3. $12.50.
 

 

Swedenborg Researcher's Manual.
A Research Reference Manual for Writers of Academic Dissertations, and for Other Scholars
William Ross Woofenden.

In the Foreword to this book, Wilson Van Dusen says: "We need a Swedenborg Researcher's Manual. This may come as a surprise to some who have not had the pleasure of wandering in the Swedenborg forest and thicket. I myself have collected and use every Swedenborg concordance and reference work available . . . The scholar who enjoys wandering these paths [in Swedenborg's prodigious literary output] needs all the help he can get. Bill Woofenden is a scholar's scholar. He enjoys putting things in order for us to use. And this particular realm needs his helpful hand." (p. ix)

In the Introduction the author says "What I have tried to do is to include in this book all the basic data I reasonably could in a single volume, together with information about where major collections of Swedenborgiana are located and brief descriptions of the contents of those collections." (p. xvii) The work consists of five parts as follows: 1. "Swedenborg's complete lifetime literary output." 2. "Collateral literature, a selection." 3. "Glossary of special or technical terms." 4. "Selected list of key concepts in Swedenborg." 5. "Major documentary collections worldwide."

This is the most important work of its kind since Hyde's 1906 bibliography of Swedenborg's works. It should be on the shelves of every college, university, and public library, particularly in this present period of growing awareness of the profound influence of Swedenborg's immense literary output. Index.

366 pp. Cloth. ISBN 0-915221-65-9. $12.50.
 

 

Journal of the Swedenborg Scientific Association

The New Philosophy.

The biannual journal of the Swedenborg Scientific Association. The journal publishes articles addressing philosophical questions and topics that bear on the scientific, philosophical, and theological works of Swedenborg. Includes book reviews, and a Notes & Comments department. Triennial index. Editor: Erland J. Brock, Ph.D., Box 717, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009. Library of Congress Card Catalog Number: 06-37082. ISSN 0028-6443.

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The New Philosophy is a publication of the Swedenborg Scientific Association
Incorporated October 20, 1906

This association was organized on May 27, 1898, for the preservation, translation, publication, and distribution of the scientific and philosophical works of Emanuel Swedenborg, and for the promotion of the principles taught in them, having in view likewise their relation to the science and philosophy of the present day.

The views expressed by authors are not necessarily those held by the Editor or the Editorial Board

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 06-37082
ISSN 0028-6443