Sexual Ethics in the Shadow of Modernism: George Tyrrell, André Raffalovich and the Project that Never Was
The contribution from Philip Healy (‘Sexual Ethics in the Shadow of Modernism: George Tyrrell, André Raffalovich and the Project That Never Was’) focusses on the radical writers André Raffalovich (1864–1934) and George Tyrrell (1861–1909). Tyrrell became the leading British exponent of what came to be called Modernism and which was condemned as heretical by Pius X in 1907. Tyrrell wanted to interpret traditional Christian doctrine in the light of contemporary thought and believed that Raffalovich was well placed to undertake a similar project for sexual morality. Although Raffalovich declined to do so, Tyrrell’s letters to his friend indicate what that project might have looked like.