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Spencer: Political Writings

Spencer: Political Writings

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: October 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521437400
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  • This book presents Spencer's classic attempt to expose the flaws in socialism and to assert political individualism as the best way to guarantee social progress. It will be of interest to both undergraduates and specialists in politics, political theory, social policy, sociology and history.

    • The two works presented give a good overview of Spencer's social and political philosophy
    • Both were previously out of print (The Man versus the State for over ten years; The Proper Sphere of Government out of print this century)
    • Of relevance to contemporary debates on the relationship between the state and the individual
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    15th Aug 2015 by GeoffreyThomas

    1. The 1994 ed. and 2001 reprint omit turning from the sentence : Custom has the enviable power, of coming to conclusions upon most debatable points, without a moments consideration - of turning propositions of a very doubtful character into axioms - and of setting aside almost self-evident truths as unworthy of consideration pg.3. 2. This edition does not include one of Spencers best-known essays, The Social Organism 1860. 3. The 23-pg Introduction might usefully have explored similarities and contrasts between Spencers political theorising and the 20th-century work of Nozick and Hayek. 4. It is a useful - and inexpensive - collection none the less.

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    • Date Published: October 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521437400
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Principal events in Spencer's life
    Bibliographical note
    Editor's note
    The Proper Sphere of Government
    The Man versus the State
    Appendix: Spencer's article of 1836 on the Poor Law

  • Author

    Herbert Spencer


    John Offer, University of Ulster

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