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.
People 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.