Spencer: Political Writings

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - 186 sayfa
This book places Spencer's famous argument for political individualism in his The Man versus the State alongside his early The Proper Sphere of Government, out of which, after due gestation, emerged not only The Man versus the State but also Social Status and his all-embracing theory of evolution. Both are valuable as unyielding statements of anti-state political theory and as sources of perceptive comments on political events of the times. An introduction sets them in their context and examines their main themes. The book will be of interest to both undergraduates and specialists in politics, political theory, social policy, sociology and history.
 

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Introduction
vii
Principal events in Spencers life
xxx
Bibliographical note
xxxiii
Editors note
xxxviii
The Proper Sphere of Government
1
The Man versus The State
59
Preface
61
The New Toryism
63
The Coming Slavery
80
The Sins of Legislators
106
The Great Political Superstition
140
Postscript
170
Spencers article of 1836 on the Poor Law
177
Index
182
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Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher-scientist, was---with the anthropologists Edward Burnett Tylor and Lewis Henry Morgan---one of the three great cultural evolutionists of the nineteenth century. A contemporary of Charles Darwin (see Vol. 5), he rejected special creation and espoused organic evolution at about the same time. He did not, however, discover, as did Darwin, that the mechanism for evolution is natural selection. He was immensely popular as a writer in England, and his The Study of Sociology (1873) became the first sociology textbook ever used in the United States. With the recent revival of interest in evolution, Spencer may receive more attention than he has had for many decades.

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