‘Why may not man one day be immortal?’: Population, perfectibility, and the immortality question in Godwin's Political Justice

@article{Chonaill2007WhyMN,
  title={‘Why may not man one day be immortal?’: Population, perfectibility, and the immortality question in Godwin's Political Justice},
  author={Siobh{\'a}n N{\'i} Chonaill},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  year={2007},
  volume={33},
  pages={25 - 39}
}
Godwin's controversial claim for earthly immortality in the first edition of Political Justice has been largely dismissed by scholars as a flaw in his philosophy or as absurd speculation which Godwin cannily omitted from the later editions of the text. In this paper, I will demonstrate, not only that such claims were not nearly as idiosyncratic or eccentric as they have been presented, but that they constitute an intrinsic part of his overall philosophy regarding perfectibility and human… Expand
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