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Spencer, Herbert 1820-1903

Works: 1,738 works in 8,086 publications in 18 languages and 77,199 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Conference proceedings  Records and correspondence  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Adapter
Classifications: HM51, 192
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First principles by Herbert Spencer( Book )

417 editions published between 1860 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 4,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the author's many treatises on the foundations of knowledge, this collection focuses on science. Part One, "The Unknowable", discusses ultimate religious and scientific theories which Spencer sees as unknowable. Part Two, "The Knowable", explains data; concepts such as motion, forces, and evolution; segregation; equilibrium; and dissolution in other words, concepts that are provable and knowable
Education: intellectual, moral, and physical by Herbert Spencer( Book )

482 editions published between 1800 and 2009 in 16 languages and held by 3,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Publishers take pleasure in offering to the American public the present work on Education, by an author who is eminent among the pioneer thinkers of the age. The course of nature from the germ to the matured organism is through advancing complexity; how then can the best training be secured unless the order of unfolding, and the laws and conditions of growth be understood? The future of educational progress must depend largely upon such knowledge, and in applying a masterly analysis to the subject, and bringing to bear upon it the results of the latest science, the Author has performed for us a very important service. In this work is presented a thoroughly broad exposition of the general principles of Education. The Author's view is comprehensive; his mind, rich in analogies and pertinent in illustration, takes the widest survey, and is universal in its perception of the relations of subjects. There is no partisanship, but a catholicity which cannot be too much valued. While one urges the claims of intellectual education, another presses the requirements of a moral education, and a third insists upon the demands of physical training. All are of course important, but each may separately be carried too far; and there is great danger of this when the advocate limits his view to a single side: for these are not independent parts of our nature, to be cultivated singly, but reciprocally and vitally dependant; and he alone can speak with an authoritative voice upon this great subject, who recognizes their close relations, whose glance includes the whole field, and who harmonizes and balances the various elements so as to produce a healthy and symmetrical culture. This is the special excellence of Mr. Spencer's work, which is fitly commenced by a lucid and able estimate of the relative value of the various forms of knowledge. It is put forth in the hope that it will prove useful to parents, instructors, and school directors, and become a valuable addition to the literature of education"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Principles of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

316 editions published between 1875 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 3,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book examines the principles containing the data, inductions and domestic relations of sociology."
Social statics : the conditions essential to human happiness specified, and the first of them developed by Herbert Spencer( Book )

265 editions published between 1851 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 2,936 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published in December, 1850, this work in its original form was entitled Social Statics: or, the Conditions essential to Human Happiness specified, and the first of them developed. A number of years passed--some ten, I think--before the edition was exhausted; and as the demand seemed not great enough to warrant the setting up of type for a new edition, it was decided to import an edition from America, where the work had been stereotyped. After this had been disposed of a third edition was similarly imported. In the meantime I had relinquished some of the conclusions drawn from the first principle laid down. Further, though still adhering to this first principle, one of the bases assigned for it had been given up by me. To the successive editions I therefore prefixed the statement that some of the doctrines set forth needed qualification; but excused myself from making the changes called for, because they could not be made without suspending more important work. Eventually, it became manifest that the warning given did not prevent misinterpretations of my later beliefs; and, therefore, ten years ago, after all copies of the third edition had been sold, I resolved not again to import a supply to meet the still continued demand. As, however, the fundamental idea enunciated, and many of the deductions have survived in me, I have all along intended that these should be put in a permanently accessible form; and in 1890 at leisure times I went through the work, erasing some portions, abridging others, and subjecting the whole to a careful verbal revision. Its purely systematic division is now replaced by Part IV. of The Principles of Ethics: Justice--a part in which the ethical doctrine originally set forth, in an imperfect form, is freed from its crudities and made scientifically coherent. But Justice contains neither the discussions which, in Social Statics, preceded the constructive division, nor the series of chapters in which, towards the close, the political implications were pointed out. Both of these portions seem worth preserving. I am desirous of preserving also certain passages containing ideas, and the germs of ideas, which, since 1850, have undergone large developments. These have a certain biographio-historical interest, as indicating stages of growth in thoughts. The more significant of them will be found on p. 32, pp. 33-35, pp. 121-22, pp. 149-50, pp. 180-81, pp. 203-6, p. 245, pp. 249-51, pp. 267-70. In the latter part of the work, numerous references are made to the events of the day and to institutions existing when it was written. During the forty years which have since passed, social changes have diminished or destroyed the relevancy of some of these references. It has seemed best, however, to leave them as they were; partly because the arguments remain equally valid though their data are altered; partly because substituting other illustrations would entail on me more labour than I can now afford; and partly because, even were the illustrations brought up to date, lapse of years would soon make them out of date. My first intention was to call this volume, or rather part of a volume, "Fragments from Social Statics," and afterwards, "Selections from Social Statics." Both of these titles, however, seemed to indicate a much less coherent assemblage of parts than it contains. On the other hand, to call it an abridgment is somewhat misleading; since the word fails to imply that large and constructively-important parts are omitted. No title, however, appears appropriate; and I have at length decided that Social Statics, abridged and revised, is the least inappropriate"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
The data of ethics by Herbert Spencer( Book )

274 editions published between 1800 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 2,693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Herbert Spencer covers the "data" of ethics (Part I), the "inductions" of ethics (Part II), and the ethics of individual life (Part III). He maintains that there is a natural mechanism--an 'innate moral sense'--in human beings by which they come to arrive at certain moral intuitions and from which laws of conduct might be deduced. Spencer adopted a utilitarian standard of ultimate value--the greatest happiness of the greatest number--and the culmination of the evolutionary process would be the maximization of utility. In the perfect society individuals would not only derive pleasure from the exercise of altruism but would aim to avoid inflicting pain on others. This volume was subsequently published (in 1897) as the first part of The principles of ethics: Volume 1." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
The study of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

342 editions published between 1873 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principles of psychology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

268 editions published between 1855 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 2,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Of this second volume, as of the first volume, it may be said that it is more a new work than a new edition. The only one of its several divisions which retains substantially its original shape, is Part VI., Special Analysis. In this, such changes of significance as will be found, have arisen by the addition of sections 302-305, showing that the subject-matter of Logic is objective, and by the further developments given to the chapters on "The Perception of Body as Presenting Statical Attributes," "The Perception of Space," and "The Perception of Motion,"--developments by which the doctrine set forth in those chapters, has been more fully harmonized with the Doctrine of Evolution. Part VIII, General Analysis, though it contains fragments of the Part which bore that title in the First Edition, is mainly new in substance and wholly new in organization; and to Part IX., Corollaries, there was nothing answering in the First Edition. In round numbers, 350 pages of fresh matter are added to 300 pages of matter that has appeared before"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
The principles of ethics by Herbert Spencer( Book )

119 editions published between 1892 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though almost forgotten today, Herbert Spencer ranks as one of the foremost individualist philosophers. His influence in the latter half of the nineteenth century was immense. Spencer's name is usually linked with Darwin's, for it was he who penned the phrase, "survival of the fittest." Today in America he is most often admired for his trenchant essays in The Man Versus the State. But Spencer himself considered The Principles of Ethics to be his finest work. In the second volume, under "Justice," is his final statement on the role of the state. His formula for justice is summed up in these words: "Every man is free to do that which he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man."
Essays on education and kindred subjects by Herbert Spencer( )

56 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and held by 1,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, prominent classical liberal political theorist, and sociological theorist of the Victorian era. The four essays on education which Herbert Spencer published in a single volume in 1861 were all written and separately published between 1854 and 1859. Their tone was aggressive and their proposals revolutionary; although all the doctrines - with one important exception - had already been vigorously preached by earlier writers on education
The man versus the state by Herbert Spencer( Book )

221 editions published between 1881 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 1,658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principles of biology. by Herbert Spencer( Book )

162 editions published between 1864 and 2011 in English and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The philosophy of style by Herbert Spencer( )

91 editions published between 1852 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, prominent classical liberal political theorist, and sociological theorist of the Victorian era. He exerted a great influence on literature and rhetoric, with his 1852 essay, The Philosophy of Style, explored a growing trend of formalist approaches to writing. Highly focused on the proper placement and ordering of the parts of an English sentence, he created a guide for effective composition. Spencer's aim was to free prose writing from as much "friction and inertia" as possible, so that the reader would not be slowed by strenuous deliberat
The evolution of society; selections from Herbert Spencer's Principles of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 1990 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays, scientific, political, and speculative by Herbert Spencer( Book )

162 editions published between 1858 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facts and comments by Herbert Spencer( Book )

59 editions published between 1902 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the years spent in writing various systematic works, there have from time to time arisen ideas not fitted for incorporation in them. Many of these have found places in articles published in reviews, and are now collected together in the three volumes of my essays. But there remain a number which have not yet found expression: some of them relatively trivial, some of more interest, and some which I think are important. I have felt reluctant to let these pass unrecorded, and hence during the last two years, at intervals now long and now short, have set them down in the following pages. Possibly to a second edition I shall make some small additions, but, be this as it may, the volume herewith issued I can say with certainty will be my last"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Herbert Spencer on education by Herbert Spencer( Book )

12 editions published between 1932 and 1966 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On social evolution; selected writings by Herbert Spencer( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrations of universal progress a series of discussions by Herbert Spencer( Book )

58 editions published between 1864 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays contained in the present volume were first published in the English periodicals--chiefly the Quarterly Reviews. They contain ideas of permanent interest, and display an amount of thought and labor evidently much greater than is usually bestowed on review articles. They were written with a view to ultimate republication in an enduring form, and were issued in London with several other papers, under the title of "Essays; Scientific, Political, and Speculative," first and second series--the former appearing in 1857, and the latter in 1863. They are now, however, issued in a new form, and are more suited to develop the author's purpose in their preparation; for while each of these essays has its intrinsic and independent claims upon the reader's attention, they are all at the same time but parts of a connected and comprehensive argument. Nearly all of Mr. Spencer's essays have relations more or less direct to the general doctrine of Evolution--a doctrine which he has probably done more to unfold and illustrate than any other thinker. The papers comprised in the present volume are those which deal with the subject in its most obvious and prominent aspects"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
An epitome of the Synthetic philosophy by Herbert Spencer( )

28 editions published between 1889 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of this volume is to give in a condensed form the general principles of Mr. Herbert Spencer's Philosophy as far as possible in his original words. In order to carry out this intention each section (ʹ) has been reduced, with but few exceptions, to one tenth; the five thousand and more pages of the original being thus represented by a little over five hundred. The Epitome consequently represents The Synthetic Philosophy as it would be seen through a diminishing glass: the original proportion holding between all its varied parts. Should this volume lead the general reader to a better acquaintance with Mr. Spencer's own works, I shall feel amply repaid for my labour. My warmest thanks are due to Mr. Spencer for his invaluable preface; and also to Miss Beatrice Potter, and Mr. Henry R. Tedder, F.S.A., the able and accomplished secretary and librarian of the Athenaeum Club, for their valuable suggestions while the work has been in progress"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Justice being part IV of The principles of ethics by Herbert Spencer( )

51 editions published between 1890 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sibinsai 1820-1903


Spencer 1820-1903

Spencer Erberto 1820-1903

Spencer, H. 1820-1903

Spencer, H. (Herbert), 1820-1903

Spencer, Herber

Spencer, Heriberto 1820-1903


Spenser, Gerbert.

Spenser, Gerbert 1820-1903

Spenser, Herberṭ 1820-1903

Spensers, H. 1820-1903

Spensers, H. (Herberts), 1820-1903

Spensers, Herberts 1820-1903


Supensa, Habato


Спенсер, Г 1820-1903

Спенсер, Г. (Герберт), 1820-1903

Спенсер, Герберт 1820-1903

ספנסר, הרברט

ספנסר, הרברט 1820־1903

ספענסער, הערבערט

ספענסער, הערבערט 1820־1903

ספענסער, הערבערט 1903-1820

سبنسر، هربرت 1820-1903

هربرت سبنسر، 1820-1903


スペンサー, H

スペンサー, ハーバート


スペンセル, ハルバルト


斯宾塞 1820-1903




斯辺鎖, 波

斯辺鎖, 袍巴土

Education: intellectual, moral, and physicalPrinciples of sociologySocial statics : the conditions essential to human happiness specified, and the first of them developedThe data of ethicsThe study of sociologyThe principles of psychologyThe principles of ethicsEssays on education and kindred subjects