The Idler Godwin Project: On Conversation

Across 2015, The Idler is publishing extracts from the first two volumes of The Letters of William Godwin, edited by Pamela Clemit, 6 vols. in progress (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011-), together with short pieces on his anarchistic philosophy and its relevance to our own times.

Pamela Clemit continues the series with a piece on William Godwin and the art of conversation.

Godwin and Wollstonecraft talkingPeople had to open their hearts and minds to each other in face-to-face conversation. Independent and impartial discussion had a civic and improving dimension. It was open-ended. It had a serendipitous quality – full of stimulus and surprise.

Read the full piece at The Idler.

To read my first contribution to The Godwin Project, click here; to read Tom Hodgkinson’s review of The Letters of William Godwin, Volumes I and II, click here.