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INQUIRY CONCERNING POLITICAL JUSTICE BY WILLIAM GODWIN

Publication Date: 1796

(1756-1836) English novelist and political theorist. A leading radical of the 18th century, Godwin believed that it is impossible to be rationally persuaded and not act accordingly, and that therefore, man could live in harmony without law and institutions; he believed in the perfectibility of man. He was influenced by the ideas of ROUSSEAU and the French Encyclopedists, and in turn had a great influence on the English romantics, particularly WORDSWORTH, COLERIDGE, SHELLY, and BYRON; Shelley's preface to his Revolt of Islam (1818) is an excellent exposition of Godwin's ideas. #0151-0152

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