William Godwin

[Revised entry by Mark Philp on February 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] William Godwin (1756 - 1836) was the founder of philosophical anarchism. In his An Enquiry Concerning
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[Revised entry by Mark Philp on February 16, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] William Godwin (1756 - 1836) was the founder of philosophical anarchism. In his An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793) he argued that government is a corrupting force in society, perpetuating dependence and ignorance, but that it will be rendered increasingly unnecessary and powerless by the gradual spread of knowledge and the expansion of the human understanding. Politics will be displaced by an enlarged personal morality as truth conquers error and mind subordinates matter. In this development the rigorous...

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