Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law

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Cambridge University Press, 13 ott 1994 - 234 pagine
E. P. Thompson's long-awaited book on William Blake was published shortly after the historian's death in August 1993. Acclaimed as one of his best and most deeply felt works, it appears now for the first time in paperback. Written with a vivid passion, and bearing the marks of Thompson's lifelong struggle against authoritarian and anti-humanitarian politics both at the level of the individual and of the state, Witness Against the Beast: William Blake and the Moral Law is a profound enquiry into the structure of Blake's thought and the character of his sensibility. Its qualities are among those which place Thompson himself in the same tradition of dissenting values and non-conforming radicalism represented by Blake some two hundred years earlier.
 

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Sommario

Works or faith?
3
Antinomianisms
10
The ranting impulse
22
The polite witnesses
33
Radical dissent
52
A peculiar people
65
Antihegemony
105
The Muggletonian archive
115
Introductory
125
The New Jerusalem church
129
The Divine Image
146
From innocence to experience
162
London
174
The Human Abstract
195
Conclusion
222
Index
230

William Blakes mother
120
HUMAN IMAGES
123

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Informazioni sull'autore (1994)

Christopher Hill was born John Edward Christopher Hill in York, England on February 6, 1912. He attended Balliol College, Oxford University and later became the master of the college from 1965 until his retirement in 1978. In 1940, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, before becoming a major in the intelligence corps in the Foreign Office from 1943 until the end of World War II. He was a Marxist historian whose work examined the role of economic factors in the events of 17th-century England. His works included The English Revolution 1640, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution, God's Englishman, Reformation to Industrial Revolution, AntiChrist in 17th-Century England, Milton and the English Revolution, The World of the Muggletonians, The Experience of Defeat, and Liberty Against the Law. He died on February 23, 2003 at the age of 91.

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