William Godwin

1756 - 1836

William Godwin

William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, an early mystery novel which attacks aristocratic privilege. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Godwin has received more than 739,622 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 262nd most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, William Godwin ranks 260 out of 1,005Before him are Hans Jonas, Shen Kuo, Moritz Schlick, Guy Debord, Slavoj Žižek, and Raymond Aron. After him are Aristoxenus, Speusippus, Allan Kardec, Arnaldus de Villa Nova, Arcesilaus, and Carneades.

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Among people born in 1756, William Godwin ranks 3Before him are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria. After him are Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria, Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Maria Theresa of Savoy, Aaron Burr, Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Bernard Germain de Lacépède, Joseph Martin Kraus, Ernst Chladni, and Louis Henri, Prince of Condé. Among people deceased in 1836, William Godwin ranks 7Before him are André-Marie Ampère, Charles X of France, James Madison, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Letizia Ramolino, and Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. After him are Maria Malibran, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Princess Wilhelmine of Baden, Anthony of Saxony, Davy Crockett, and Claude-Louis Navier.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William Godwin ranks 411 out of 5,347Before him are Edward the Confessor (1003), Thomas Harriot (1560), Robert Fripp (1946), Colin Firth (1960), Edward the Martyr (962), and Thomas Gainsborough (1727). After him are Halford Mackinder (1861), Samuel Johnson (1709), Robert Plant (1948), Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), John Dowland (1563), and Gary Moore (1952).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, William Godwin ranks 16Before him are Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Joseph Priestley (1733), Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), and Thomas Carlyle (1795). After him are Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), A. S. Neill (1883), G. E. Moore (1873), J. L. Austin (1911), E. H. Carr (1892), and H. L. A. Hart (1907).