William Godwin on the morality of freedom

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William Godwin on the morality of freedom

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dc.contributor.author Lamb, Robert en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-29T11:11:32Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:43:36Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:28:57Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This article argues that a commitment to individual freedom plays a crucial role in William Godwin's utilitarian political theory. In his Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, Godwin argues that morality is grounded not in rights but rather in duties and that each individual has a constant obligation to act in the way most conducive to the general good. Yet, despite this apparently strict act-utilitarianism, he does defend one key individual entitlement: the right to a sphere of discretion in which agents can exercise their own private judgment, a right that directly informs Godwin's critique of various social and political institutions. I argue that though his defence of individual freedom is an ultimately utilitarian one, its value is not contingent on consequentialist calculations. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 28(4), pp.661-677 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/71833 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Imprint Academic en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/hpt/2007/00000028/00000004/art00005 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.imprint.co.uk/hpt.html en_GB
dc.subject Godwin, William en_GB
dc.subject freedom en_GB
dc.subject morality en_GB
dc.subject utilitarianism en_GB
dc.title William Godwin on the morality of freedom en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-06-29T11:11:32Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:43:36Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:28:57Z
dc.identifier.issn 0143-781X en_GB
dc.description © 2007 Imprint Academic. Published version reproduced with the permission of the publisher. en_GB
dc.identifier.journal History of Political Thought en_GB


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