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Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness. 2nd ed. corrected

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1796

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de Beer Eb 1796 G

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London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson

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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.

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William Godwin, “Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness. 2nd ed. corrected,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 14, 2019, http://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8320.

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