Herbert Spencer and Social Theory

Herbert Spencer and Social Theory

by J. Offer

Paperback(1st ed. 2010)

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Herbert Spencer remains a significant but poorly understood figure in19th century intellectual life. His ideas on evolution ranged across the natural sciences and philosophy, and he pioneered new ideas in psychology and sociology. This bookcomprehensively examines hiswork and strips away common misconceptions about his sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349301515
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Edition description: 1st ed. 2010
Pages: 375
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

John Offer is Professor of Social Theory and Policy, University of Ulster,UK. He has published extensively on Spencer and aspects of the history of social policy. His previous books include An Intellectual History of British Social Policy, Herbert Spencer: Critical Assessments and Social Workers, the Community and Social Interaction.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

1 Early Spencer: Influences and Ideas 27

2 Middle Spencer: Towards a Tapestry of the World 62

3 Later Spencer: Crafting the Principles of Sociology, and Losing Hold 96

4 Evolution and Mind 137

5 Mind and Society 161

6 The Social Organism 196

7 Militant and Industrial Social Types 223

8 Understanding Music 253

9 Sociology, Ethics and Well-Being 275

Concluding Reflections 306

Notes 328

Bibliography 349

Index 368

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