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The Happiness PhilosophersThe Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians$
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Bart Schultz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154770

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.001.0001

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The Adventures of William Godwin

The Adventures of William Godwin

(p.9) Chapter One The Adventures of William Godwin
The Happiness Philosophers

Bart Schultz

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines William Godwin's role in the development of philosophical utilitarianism. It first provides a background on Godwin's early life before discussing his relationships, first with Mary Wollstonecraft whom he married and then with Mary Jane Clairmont, his second wife. It then considers some of Godwin's works, including An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness; The Enquirer: Reflections on Education, Manners and Literature in a Series of Essays; The Lives of the Necromancers; and Things as They Are, or the Adventures of Caleb Williams. The chapter also describes Godwin's poor health in his later years. Godwin died in 1836 at the age of 80.

Keywords:   happiness, William Godwin, utilitarianism, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Jane Clairmont, political justice, education

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