This ‘philosophical biography’ gives an account of Godwin’s life and thought, and by setting his thoughts in the context of his life, brings the two into juxtaposition. It relates Godwin’s views on politics and morality, education and religion, freedom and society, to the events of his life, notably the revolution in France and its impact on radicalism and reaction in Britain and the parliamentary reforms of 1832.
1. Reason, Truth and Justice 2. The Most Powerful Instrument 3. Sincere Friendships 4. The Great Debate 5. A True Euthanasia of Government 6. Things as They Are 7. A Case of Constructive Treason 8. The Firmament of Reputation 9. Genial and Benignant Power 10. A Salutary and Respectable Institution 11. The Empire of Feeling 12. Domestic and Private Affections 13. Apostasy and Calumny 14. The Famous Fire Cause 15. Antonio, A Tragedy 16. The Best Qualities of a Reply 17. The Immortal Godwin, I Presume 18. M. J. Godwin and Co 19. The Monster with the Maw 20. A Young Gentleman of Fortune 21. The Venerable Horseleech 22. A Pauper’s Grave 23. The Principle of Populations 24. A Notice to Quit 25. A Virtue of Necessity 26. For Services Rendered 27. A Last Judgement