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Equal Freedom and Utility : Herbert Spencer's Liberal Utilitarianism - David Weinstein

Equal Freedom and Utility

Herbert Spencer's Liberal Utilitarianism

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1998
ISBN: 9780521622646
Number Of Pages: 252

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This rich and provocative study assesses Herbert Spencer's pivotal contribution to the emergence of liberal utilitarianism and shows that Spencer, as much as J. S. Mill, provided liberal utilitarianism with its formative contours. Like Mill, Spencer tried to reconcile a principle of liberty and strong moral rights with a utilitarian, maximizing theory of good. In this powerful and sympathetic account, David Weinstein argues that Spencer's moral and political thought exhibits greater systematic integrity than received views of his thought acknowledge. However, Weinstein also examines the problems and flaws in Spencer's version of liberal utilitarianism, and shows that, precisely because of these flaws, it is engaging and deserving of our critical attention. This challenging study will be of interest to graduates and scholars in the fields of political theory, moral and political philosophy, and the history of political thought.

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'Weinstein effectively dispels the longstanding view of Spencer as a relic of a bygone age. His restatement of Spencer's theory as a contribution to recent 'liberal utilitarian' thought does much to bring him to life and makes this book essential reading for contemporary political theorists.' Political Studies

Note on the text
Social evolution
Social evolution and the moral psychology of equal freedom
Equal freedom and moral rights
Moral rights and utility
The logical coherence of Spencer's liberal utilitarianism
Spencer's ethical reasoning
Land nationalization and property
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ISBN: 9780521622646
ISBN-10: 0521622646
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th April 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.54