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Herbert Spencer and Social Theory - John Offer

Herbert Spencer and Social Theory

Hardcover Published: 20th October 2010
ISBN: 9780230203792
Number Of Pages: 375

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Herbert Spencer remains a significant but poorly understood figure in 19th century intellectual life. His ideas on evolution ranged across the natural sciences and philosophy, and he pioneered new ideas in psychology and sociology. This book comprehensively examines his work and strips away common misconceptions about his sociology.

'The last twenty years have seen a notable revivial of scholarly interest in Herbert Spencer...all of these are now eclipsed by John Offer's excellect study, which must surely remain the definitive critical treatment on the whole range of Spencer's thought for quite some time to come.' - J. D. Y. Peel, European Journal of Sociology

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Early Spencer: Influences and Ideasp. 27
Middle Spencer: Towards a Tapestry of the Worldp. 62
Later Spencer: Crafting the Principles of Sociology, and Losing Holdp. 96
Evolution and Mindp. 137
Mind and Societyp. 161
The Social Organismp. 196
Militant and Industrial Social Typesp. 223
Understanding Musicp. 253
Sociology, Ethics and Well-Beingp. 275
Concluding Reflectionsp. 306
Notesp. 328
Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 368
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ISBN: 9780230203792
ISBN-10: 0230203795
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 20th October 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1