Godwin, Women, and "The Collision of Mind with Mind"

  title={Godwin, Women, and "The Collision of Mind with Mind"},
  author={Pamela Clemit},
  journal={The Wordsworth Circle},
  pages={72 - 76}
  • P. Clemit
  • Published 1 March 2004
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William Godwin held to a lifelong ideal of unreserved social communication. "If there be such a thing as truth," he declared in An Enquiry concerning Political Justice (1793), "it must infallibly be struck out by the collision of mind with mind" (3:15). As well as according a central role to private conversation in his own development, he argued that colloquial discussion, "whether written or oral" (3: 14), was the chief means by which social and political improvement could be achieved. As he… 
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