Social Statics: The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified, and the First of Them Developed

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Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, Jan 1, 1995 - Social Science - 430 pages
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User Review  - Aaron Crofut - Goodreads

Meh, more interesting for what it's not. Going through high school, one gets the feeling this book calls for the annihilation of the weak, but really it is just the opposite. On some issues like race ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

Spencer's position is quintessentially liberal (small "l" classical liberal). He starts by defending the idea that the "law of equal freedom" is a supreme idea - that perfection means getting to the ... Read full review

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Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher-scientist, was---with the anthropologists Edward Burnett Tylor and Lewis Henry Morgan---one of the three great cultural evolutionists of the nineteenth century. A contemporary of Charles Darwin (see Vol. 5), he rejected special creation and espoused organic evolution at about the same time. He did not, however, discover, as did Darwin, that the mechanism for evolution is natural selection. He was immensely popular as a writer in England, and his The Study of Sociology (1873) became the first sociology textbook ever used in the United States. With the recent revival of interest in evolution, Spencer may receive more attention than he has had for many decades.

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