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

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Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1851 - Social Science - 430 pages
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This is, I believe, the last American printing of the first edition of "Social Statics" . . . until modern times. Included is an "Introductory Note" and a "New Preface," the former explaining Herbert ... Read full review

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Herbert Spencer's first mature statement of his individualist liberalism. A classic of libertarian political thought, it is still worth reading today. Between the green boards of this edition one can ... 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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