First Principles

First Principles

by Herbert Spencer


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Spencer (1820-1903) was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era who wrote on a wide range of subjects including evolution, coining the phrase "survival of the fittest." This work was first published in 1862 and is reprinted from an edition of 1863.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898757958
Publisher: Press Holdings International, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: 6TH
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. The Unknowable: 1. Religion and science; 2. Ultimate religious ideas; 3. Ultimate scientific ideas; 4. The relativity of all knowledge; 5. The reconciliation; Part II. Laws of the Knowable: 1. Laws in general; 2. The law of evolution; 3. The law of evolution (continued); 4. The causes of evolution; 5. Space, time, matter, motion and force; 6. The indestructibility of matter; 7. The continuity of motion; 8. The persistence of force; 9. The correlation and equivalence of forces; 10. The direction of motion; 11. The rhythm of motion; 12. The conditions essential to evolution; 13. The instability of the homogeneous; 14. The multiplication of effects; 15. Differentiation and integration; 16. Equilibration; 17. Summary and conclusion.

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