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The Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer

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  • Date Published: November 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066815

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  • One of the most famous intellectuals of the second half of the nineteenth century, Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) wrote across an impressive range of scientific and philosophical subjects. Although at the time his work was successful and influential, especially in America, it has since been subjected to criticism and reassessment. Principally remembered for his evolutionary theory and for coining the term 'survival of the fittest', Spencer came to be regarded as a Social Darwinist and proponent of unrestricted capitalism. In the field of sociology, he advocated the application of scientific examination to social phenomena, and his individualist philosophy provided inspiration for later libertarian thinkers. Published in 1908 by David Duncan (1839–1923), this substantial biography closely tracks Spencer's developing interests, closing with an assessment of his character and significance. It contains an abundance of extracts from letters to such figures as Charles Darwin, John Stuart Mill and T. H. Huxley.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066815
    • length: 666 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Family history and parentage
    2. Childhood and youth
    3. Engineering
    4. Literature wooed, but not won
    5. Engineering once more
    6. His first book
    7. A new psychology
    8. The unification of knowledge
    9. First principles
    10. Biology
    11. Sunshine and shadow
    12. Psychology and descriptive sociology
    13. The study of sociology
    14. Distaste for honours and ceremonial
    15. The secularization of morals
    16. Egypt and America
    17. A political creed for true liberalism
    18. Religious discussion
    19. The factors of organic evolution
    20. In defence of freedom and justice
    21. Altruism as a factor in social evolution
    22. Latter day controversies
    23. Completing the synthetic philosophy
    24. Congratulations
    25. Revision of Biology and First Principles
    26. Inorganic evolution
    27. His last book
    28. The close of life
    29. Characteristics and personal reminiscences
    30. Spencer's place in the history of thought
    Appendices
    Index.

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