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Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life

Author: Mark Francis
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903) was a colossus of the Victorian age. His works ranked alongside those of Darwin and Marx in the development of disciplines as wide ranging as sociology, anthropology, political theory, philosophy and psychology. His unique system of knowledge, which bridged the gap between empiricism and metaphysics, offered modern and scientific answers to questions about the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
biografi
Named Person: Herbert Spencer; Herbert Spencer; Herbert Spencer
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Francis
ISBN: 9780801445903 0801445906
OCLC Number: 72161868
Description: xiv, 434 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I: An individual and his personal culture --
A portrait of a private man --
The longing for passion --
The problem with women --
Spencer's feminist politics --
Culture and beauty --
Eccentricities : health and the perils of recreation --
II: The lost world of Spencer's metaphysics --
The new reformation --
Intellectuals in the strand --
The genesis of a system --
Common sense in the mid-nineteenth century --
From philosophy to psychology --
III: Spencer's biological writings and his philosophy of science --
On goodness, perfection and the shape of living things --
The meaning of life --
Science and the classification of knowledge --
IV: Politics and ethical sociology --
Spencer's politics and the foundations of liberalism --
The 1840s : Spencer's early radicalism --
Sociology as an ethical discipline --
Sociology as political theory --
Progress versus democracy.
Responsibility: Mark Francis.
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"The English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903) was a colossus of the Victorian age. His works ranked alongside those of Darwin and Marx in the development of disciplines as wide ranging as sociology, anthropology, political theory, philosophy and psychology. His unique system of knowledge, which bridged the gap between empiricism and metaphysics, offered modern and scientific answers to questions about the meaning of life and made him a world philosopher of the late nineteenth century. In this major study of Spencer, the first for over thirty years, Mark Francis provides an authoritative and meticulously researched intellectual biography of this remarkable man.

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