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Physics and politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society

Author: Walter Bagehot; Roger Kimball
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, ©1999.
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"One of the great short masterpieces of nineteenth-century thought, Physics and Politics is in essence a brilliant essay in social psychology. It defines with grim humor the conditions of stability and social progress. "Physics," in Bagehot's book, refers to natural science; "politics" to social science. His vastly stimulating analysis was the first important effort to comprehend the implications of the new science  Read more...
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Bagehot, Walter, 1826-1877.
Physics and politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee c1999
(OCoLC)681311276
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Bagehot; Roger Kimball
ISBN: 1566632218 9781566632218
OCLC Number: 40716224
Description: xl, 211 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The Preliminary Age --
2. The Use of Conflict --
3. Nation-making --
4. Nation-making (continued) --
5. The Age of Discussion --
6. Verifiable Progress Politically Considered.
Other Titles: Physics and politics
Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society
Responsibility: Walter Bagehot ; with an introduction and notes by Roger Kimball.
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"One of the great short masterpieces of nineteenth-century thought, Physics and Politics is in essence a brilliant essay in social psychology. It defines with grim humor the conditions of stability and social progress. "Physics," in Bagehot's book, refers to natural science; "politics" to social science. His vastly stimulating analysis was the first important effort to comprehend the implications of the new science (especially Darwinism) for the study of political affairs. In the process, Bagehot makes unforgettably clear the complex, often tragic relation between individual and collective happiness. Roger Kimball's introduction and notes place Bagehot's ideas in perspective for today's reader and evaluate the continuing usefulness of his observations."--Jacket.

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