1st Edition

Herbert Spencer: Collected Writings

By Herbert Spencer Copyright 1996

    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was regarded by the Victorians as the foremost philosopher of the age, the prophet of evolution at a time when the idea had gripped the popular imagination. Until recently Spencer's posthumous reputation rested almost excusively on his social and political thought, which has itself frequently been subject to serious misrepresentation. But historians of ideas now recognise that an acquaintance with Spencer's thought is essential for the proper understanding of many aspects of Victorian intellectual life, and the present selection is designed to answer this need. It provides a cross-section of Spencer's works from his more popular and approachable essays to a number of the volumes of the Synthetic Philosophy itself. Volume V: First Principles.

    Volume V: First Principles. Preface, Part 1 The Unknowable: Religion and Science, Ultimate Religious Ideas, Ultimate Scientific Ideas, The Relativity of all Knowledge, The Reconciliation, Part II The Knowable: Philosophy Defined, The date of Philosophy, Space, Time, Matter, Motion and Force; The Indestructibility of Matter, The Continuity of Motion, The Persistance of Force, The Persistence of Relations Among Forces, The Direction of Motion, Recapulation, Criticism and Recommencement; Evolution and Dissolution.; Simple and Compound Evolution, The Law of Evolution, The Interpretation of Evolution, The Instability of the Homogeneous, The Multiplication of Effects, Segregation, Equilibration, Dissolution, Summary and Conclusion.


    Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)