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Author Offer, John, 1949-
Title Herbert Spencer and social theory [electronic resource] / John Offer
Imprint Houdmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (vii, 375 p.)
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Early Spencer: Influences and Ideas -- Middle Spencer: Toward a Tapestry of the World -- Later Spencer: Crafting the Principles of Sociology, and Losing Hold -- Evolution and Mind -- Mind and Society -- The Social Organism -- Militant and Industrial Social Types -- Understanding Music -- Sociology, Evolution and Ethics
Herbert Spencer's name is recalled today for his expression 'survival of the fittest', but the range and originality of his ideas on evolution and the nature of social and individual life are not generally familiar, His many essays and his ten-volume System of Synthetic Philosophy furnished cutting-edge thought for the second half of the nineteenth century. This book argues that he still deserves a place at the table reserved for leaders in nineteenth century science and social and political thought. He had a world-wide influence on the sciences, liberal politics and radical movements, the arts, and popular thought well into the twentieth century. Spencer made no strong division between the study of man and the study of life in general, : and in today's 'Darwinian' world a careful and comprehensive reappraisal of both the difficulties and the potential relevance of Spencer's thought is overdue and to be welcomed
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Link Print version: Offer, John, 1949- Herbert Spencer and social theory. Houdmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 9780230203792 (DLC) 2010042859 (OCoLC)559789060
Subject Spencer, Herbert, 1820-1903
Sociology -- Philosophy
Social sciences -- Philosophy
Social sciences
Spencer, Herbert
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- General. bisacsh
Electronic books
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