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 III: Social Statics, Or the Conditions Essential to Human Happiness specified and then the fifst of them Developed.

    Volume III: Social Statics, Or the Conditions Essential to Human Happiness specified and then the first of them Developed. The Doctrine of Expediency , The Doctrine of the Moral Sense , Lemma I. Lemma II. PART I. Definition of Morality, li. The Evanescence of Evil 59 III. The Divine ldea ; and the Conditions of its Realisation, Part II IV. Derivation of a First Principle V. Secondary Derivation of a. First Principle VI. First Principle VII. Application of this First Principle . VIII. The Rights of Life and Personal Liberty . IX. The Right to the Use of the Earth . X. The Right of Property XI. The Right of Property in ldeas XII. The Right of Property in Character XIII. The Right of Exchange. . XIV. The Right of Free Speech XV. Further Rights . XVI. The Rights of Women XVII. The Rights of Children PART III. XVIII. Political Rights XIX. The Right to lgnore the State XX. The Constitution of the State XXI. The Duty of the State XXII. The Limit of State-Duty . XXIII. The Regulation of Commerce XXIV. Religious Establishments . XXV. Poor-Laws XXVI. National Education . XXVII. Government Colonization XXVIII. Sanitary Supervision XXIX. Currency, Postal Arrangements, etc, PART IV. General Considerations, Conclusions.


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