An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, Vol. II.
Godwin’s best known work of political theory. Written in the early years of the French Revolution before the Terror had begun, Godwin provides a devastating critique of unjust government institutions and optimistically proposes that individuals not the state can best provide for their needs. He believed that political change could best be brought about gradually and as a result of free discussion in small communities. This work has inspired many generations of radical thinkers.
An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness, vol. 2 (London: G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1793).
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Table of Contents
- CONTENTS of the SECOND VOLUME.
- CONTENTS of the FIFTH BOOK. OF LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE POWER.
- an ENQUIRY concerning Political Justice.
- book v.: of legislative and executive power
- CHAP. I.: introduction
- CHAP. II.: of education, the education of a prince.
- CHAP. III.: private life of a prince.
- CHAP. IV.: of a virtuous despotism.
- CHAP. V.: of courts and ministers.
- CHAP. VI.: of subjects.
- CHAP. VII.: of elective monarchy.
- CHAP. VIII.: of limited monarchy.
- CHAP. IX.: of a president with regal powers.
- CHAP. X.: of hereditary distinction.
- CHAP. XI.: moral effects of aristocracy.
- CHAP. XII.: of titles.
- CHAP. XIII.: of the aristocratical character.
- CHAP. XIV.: general features of democracy.
- CHAP. XV.: of political imposture.
- CHAP. XVI.: of the causes of war.
- CHAP. XVII.: of the object of war.
- CHAP. XVIII.: of the conduct of war.
- CHAP. XIX.: of military establishments and treaties.
- CHAP. XX.: of democracy as connected with the transactions of war.
- CHAP. XXI.: of the composition of government
- CHAP. XXII.: of the future history of political societies
- CHAP. XXIII.: of national assemblies
- CHAP. XXIV.: of the dissolution of government
- an ENQUIRY concerning POLITICAL JUSTICE
- book vi.: of opinion considered as a subject of political institution.
- CHAP. I: general effects of the political superintendence of opinion.
- CHAP. II.: of religious establishments
- CHAP. III.: of the suppression of erroneous opinion in religion and government.
- CHAP. IV.: of tests.
- CHAP. V.: of oaths.
- CHAP. VI.: of libels.
- CHAP. VII.: of constitutions.
- CHAP. VIII.: of national education.
- CHAP. IX.: of pensions and salaries.
- CHAP. X.: of the modes of deciding a question on the part of the community.
- an ENQUIRY concerning Political Justice.
- book vii.: of legislative and executive power
- CHAP. I.: limitations of the doctrine of punishment which result from the principles of morality.
- CHAP. II.: general disadvantages of coercion.
- CHAP. III.: of the purposes of coercion.
- CHAP. IV.: of the application of coercion.
- CHAP. V.: of coercion considered as a temporary expedient.
- CHAP. VI.: scale of coercion.
- CHAP. VII.: of evidence.
- CHAP. VIII.: of law.
- CHAP. IX.: of pardons.
- an ENQUIRY concerning POLITICAL JUSTICE.
- book viii.: of property.
- CHAP. I.: genuine system of property delineated.
- CHAP. II.: benefits arising from the genuine system of property.
- CHAP. III.: of the objection to this system from the admirable effects of luxury.
- CHAP. IV.: of the objection to this system from the allurements of sloth.
- CHAP. V.: of the objection to this system from the impossibility of its being rendered permanent.
- CHAP. VI.: of the objection to this system from the inflexibility of its restrictions.
- CHAP. VII.: of the objection to this system from the principle of population.
- CHAP. VIII.: of the means of introducing the genuine system of property.
- VOL. I.
- VOL. II.
- DIRECTION TO THE BINDER.