Godwin, William
(1756–1836)
English writer and social reformer. Godwin enjoyed a long but mainly undistinguished career as a writer, but his great decade was the 1790s, when he became famous as a prominent defender of radicalism and anarchism . His principal work was the Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793). Godwin was a utilitarian, who believed that all government, and all apparatus of legal coercion, corrupts and perverts human nature. He was married to Mary Wollstonecraft and was the father of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein .

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  • Godwin, William — born March 3, 1756, Wisbech, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, Eng. died April 7, 1836, London British writer. He became a Presbyterian minister but soon lost his faith. His Enquiry Concerning Political Justice (1793) captivated Samuel Taylor… …   Universalium

  • GODWIN, WILLIAM —    a political writer and novelist, the son of a Presbyterian minister, born at Wisbeach, Somersetshire; was educated for the Church, and was for five years in the ministry; during this period his opinions on politics and religion underwent a… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Godwin,William — God·win (gŏdʹwĭn), William. 1756 1836. British writer and political theorist who believed in the perfectibility of human nature and maintained that people could live harmoniously without laws and institutions. His most important work is Enquiry… …   Universalium

  • Godwin, William — ► (1756 1836) Sociólogo y novelista británico. Fue precursor del anarquismo. * * * (3 mar. 1756, Wisbech, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, Inglaterra–7 abr. 1836, Londres). Escritor británico. Fue ministro presbiteriano, pero perdió pronto la fe. Su… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Godwin, William — (1756 1836)    Philosopher and novelist, b. at Wisbeach, and ed. at a school in Norwich, to which city his f., a Presbyterian minister, had removed, and subsequently at a Presbyterian coll. at Hoxton, with a view to the ministry. From 1778 to… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

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  • William Godwin — (* 3. März 1756 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire; † 7. April 1836) war ein englischer Schriftsteller und Sozialphilosoph. Auf Grund seines Hauptwerks Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, das 1792 erschien, gilt er als Begründer des So …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • GODWIN (W.) — GODWIN WILLIAM (1756 1836) Écrivain et philosophe anglais. William Godwin est né à Wisbech, dans le Cambridgeshire; son père, qui était pasteur, l’éleva dans la plus pure tradition puritaine. Calvinistes tous deux, ses parents l’envoyèrent faire… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • William Coward (merchant) — William Coward (1648–1738) was a London merchant in the Jamaica trade, remembered for his support of Dissenters, particularly his educational philanthropy. Contents 1 Life 2 Legacy 3 Notes 4 References …   Wikipedia

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