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The Resource Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life, Mark Francis

Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life, Mark Francis

Label
Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life
Title
Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life
Statement of responsibility
Mark Francis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The ideas of the English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) profoundly shaped Victorian thought regarding evolutionary theory, the philosophy of science, sociology and politics. In his day, Spencer's works ranked alongside those of Darwin and Marx in their importance to the development of disciplines as wide-ranging as sociology, anthropology, political theory, philosophy and psychology. Yet during his lifetime - and certainly in the decades that followed - Spencer has been widely misunderstood. Both lauded and disparaged as the father of Social Darwinism (it was Spencer who coined the phrase "survival of the fittest"), and as an apologist for individualism and unrestrained capitalism, he was, in fact, none of these; he was instead a subtle and complex thinker." "In his biography of Spencer, Mark Francis uses archival material and contemporary printed sources to create a portrait of a man who attempted to explain modern life in all its biological, psychological, and sociological forms through a unique philosophical and scientific system that bridged the gap between empiricism and metaphysics. Influential in England and beyond - particularly the United States and Asia - his philosophy was, as Francis shows, systematic and rigorous. Despite the success he found in the realm of ideas, Spencer was an unhappy man. Francis reveals how Spencer felt permanently crippled by the Christian values he had absorbed during childhood, and was incapable of romantic love, as became clear during his relationship with the novelist George Eliot."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Francis, Mark
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
B1656
LC item number
.F73 2007b
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Philosophers, Modern
  • Spencer, Herbert
Label
Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life, Mark Francis
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70173816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 434 p.
Isbn
9781844650866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life, Mark Francis
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm70173816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 434 p.
Isbn
9781844650866
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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