Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness. 2nd ed. corrected
de Beer Eb 1796 G
London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson
As a complement to the 3rd edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1796), Special Collections secured a 2nd edition of William Godwin’s Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness (1796), a work that openly attacked political institutions. Godwin (1756–1836), a radical philosopher who believed that humanity will inevitably progress, married Wollstonecraft in 1797. In the third person, he wrote in the Preface: ‘It is now twelve years since he became satisfied that monarchy was a species of government essentially corrupt. He owed this conviction to the political writings of Swift and to a perusal of the Latin historians.’ Godwin remains an influential figure in 18th century British literature and literary culture.
William Godwin, “Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness. 2nd ed. corrected,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed July 3, 2020, http://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8320.
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