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.
Table of ContentsAn Introduction to the Philosophy of Herbert Spencer  W H Hudson 243pp The Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer  D Duncan 630pp The Social Statics  483pp The Principles of Psychology  483pp rst Principles  575pp An Introduction to the Study of Sociology  431pp The Data of Ethics  294pp bound with Justice  299pp Political Institutions  Essays: Scientific, Political and Speculative  3 vols, 485pp, 466pp, 516pp Herbert Spencer: Contemporary Assessments Edited and introduced by M W Taylor 349pp