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Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life

Author: Mark Francis
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: 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 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 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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