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William Godwin

Data de nascimento: 3. Março 1756
Data de falecimento: 7. Abril 1836

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William Godwin foi um jornalista inglês, filósofo político e novelista. Ele é considerado um dos primeiros expoentes do utilitarismo. Godwin é mais conhecido por dois livros que ele publicou no intervalo de um ano: Inquérito acerca da justiça política, um ataque às instituições políticas, e As coisas como elas são ou As Aventuras de Caleb Williams, que ataca os privilégios da aristocracia, mas também é virtualmente o primeiro romance de mistério. Baseado no sucesso de ambos, Godwin tornou-se uma figura proeminente entre os círculos radicais de Londres na década de 1790. Na reação conservadora subsequente ao radicalismo britânico, Godwin foi atacado, em parte por causa de seu casamento com a escritora feminista pioneira Mary Wollstonecraft em 1797 e sua cândida biografia sobre ela após sua morte; sua filha Mary Godwin seria autora de Frankenstein e se casaria com o poeta Percy Bysshe Shelley. Godwin foi autor de uma extensa obra, do romance ao texto histórico e demográfico. Com sua segunda esposa, Mary Jane Clairmont, ele escreveu o livro infantil Primer, baseado na história clássica e bíblica, que publicou junto com o escrito Tales from Shakespeare de Charles e Mary Lamb's. Utilizando o pseudônimo de Edward Baldwin, ele escreveu uma grande variedade de livros para crianças, incluindo uma versão de Jack e o Feijão Falante. Ele também teve uma considerável influência na literatura britânica e na cultura literária européia.

Citações William Godwin

„It has an unhappy effect upon the human understanding and temper, for a man to be compelled in his gravest investigation of an argument, to consider, not what is true, but what is convenient.“

— William Godwin
Context: It has an unhappy effect upon the human understanding and temper, for a man to be compelled in his gravest investigation of an argument, to consider, not what is true, but what is convenient. The lawyer never yet existed who has not boldly urged an objection which he knew to be fallacious, or endeavoured to pass off a weak reason for a strong one. Intellect is the greatest and most sacred of all endowments; and no man ever trifled with it, defending an action to-day which he had arraigned yesterday, or extenuating an offence on one occasion, which, soon after, he painted in the most atrocious colours, with absolute impunity. Above all, the poet, whose judgment should be clear, whose feelings should be uniform and sound, whose sense should be alive to every impression and hardened to none, who is the legislator of generations and the moral instructor of the world, ought never to have been a practising lawyer, or ought speedily to have quitted so dangerous an engagement. The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer vol. 1, p. 370 (1803)

„Mind modifies body involuntarily.“

— William Godwin
Context: Let us here return to the sublime conjecture of Franklin, that “mind will one day become omnipotent over matter.” If over all other matter, why not over the matter of our own bodies? If over matter at ever so great a distance, why not over matter which, however ignorant we may be of the tie that connects it with the thinking principle, we always carry about with us, and which is in all cases the medium of communication between that principle and the external universe? In a word, why may not man be one day immortal? The different cases in which thought modifies the external universe are obvious to all. It is modified by our voluntary thoughts or design. We desire to stretch out our hand, and it is stretched out. We perform a thousand operations of the same species every day, and their familiarity annihilates the wonder. They are not in themselves less wonderful than any of those modifications which we are least accustomed to conceive. — Mind modifies body involuntarily. Vol. 2, bk. 8, ch. 7

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„Above all, the poet, whose judgment should be clear, whose feelings should be uniform and sound, whose sense should be alive to every impression and hardened to none, who is the legislator of generations and the moral instructor of the world, ought never to have been a practising lawyer, or ought speedily to have quitted so dangerous an engagement.“

— William Godwin
Context: It has an unhappy effect upon the human understanding and temper, for a man to be compelled in his gravest investigation of an argument, to consider, not what is true, but what is convenient. The lawyer never yet existed who has not boldly urged an objection which he knew to be fallacious, or endeavoured to pass off a weak reason for a strong one. Intellect is the greatest and most sacred of all endowments; and no man ever trifled with it, defending an action to-day which he had arraigned yesterday, or extenuating an offence on one occasion, which, soon after, he painted in the most atrocious colours, with absolute impunity. Above all, the poet, whose judgment should be clear, whose feelings should be uniform and sound, whose sense should be alive to every impression and hardened to none, who is the legislator of generations and the moral instructor of the world, ought never to have been a practising lawyer, or ought speedily to have quitted so dangerous an engagement. The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer vol. 1, p. 370 (1803)

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