by Edward F. Allen
If one reads Swedenborg’s philosophical works in their chronological sequence, he will notice a remarkable unity in them which is defined by the author’s intenions. This unity begins in Chapter One of the Principia and ends in the final paragraph of the Rational Psychology. I shall call this unity the path of the Economy series.Of what does the Economy series consist? It includes the Principia, The Infinite, The Mechanism of the Intercourse between the Soul and the Body, The Economy of the Animal Kingdom, and finally Rational Psychology. As we trace the development of Swedenborg’s thought through this enormous quantity of writing, we follow a path consisting of two ways. One is the way down; the other is the way up.
The Swedenborg Room was a gift of the Connecticut inventor and industrialist Dr. Karl W. Hallden and his wife. Dr. Hallden was born in Sweden and came to America as a small boy. His interest in mechanical engineering brought him in contact with the work of Christopher Polhem, “The Father of Swedish Technology,” and Swedenborg. A deep admiration of these men prompted his sponsoring of an English translation of “Christopher Polhem” a memorial volume (1963), and later the gift of the Swedenborg Room.