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William Empson

Prophet Against Sacrifice



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William Empson by Paul H Fry
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Empson was an ethical critic from the outset. He pioneered the techniques of verbal criticism' chiefly in order to promote tolerance of cultural and historical differences, and to discourage the sacrifice of self or others to any form of irrationalism. In his later work, Empson's growing obsession with the horror of the Crucifixion (as event and symbol), together with his eclectic interest in the mediatory forms of pantheism and vitalism, are all enlisted in support of the campaign against human sacrifice in all its guises, which was already being waged in Seven Types of Ambiguity . William Empson provides the most coherent account of Empson's career to date, and serves also to discredit the appropriation of his name in recent polemic by the conflicting parties of deconstruction and politicized cultural criticism.
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November 7th, 1991
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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