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William Godwin


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1. The Anarchist 2. The Minister: 1756-1793 3. The Philosopher: 1793 4. The Activist: 1794-1795 5. The Husband: 1796-1799 6. The Educator: 1800-1809 7. The Father: 1810-1819 8. The Pensioner: 1819-1836 9. The Legacy Abbreviations

About the Author

Richard Gough Thomas is a Liverpool-born scholar of education and anti-authoritarian thought, and the editor of the journal Dark Arts. He is the author of William Godwin: A Political Life (Pluto, 2019).


'This is a crisp, insightful and absorbing overview of William Godwin's life, work and networks. A book that will make Godwin more accessible within the classroom and the wider world has been needed for some time. Richard Gough Thomas does an excellent job of providing it' -- Sophie Coulombeau, Cardiff University 'Richard Thomas has produced a warm and accessible study of Godwin. His book covers the full breadth of Godwin's work and recognises his achievements as an inventive, progressive, challenging and anti-systems philosopher' -- Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University '"William Godwin: A Political Life" is an impressive achievement. Thomas provides a highly readable, thoughtful, and informative assessment of the works and life of the founder of philosophical anarchism. A first-rate introduction to a thinker who contributed a unique perspective of continuing relevance to British moral and political thought' -- Mark Philp, University of Warwick

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