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    DescriptionThe 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 major new intellectual biography of Spencer, Mark Francis uses archival material and contemporary printed sources to create a fascinating 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. Vastly 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. Elegantly written, provocative, and rich in insight, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life is an exceptional work of scholarship that not only dispels the misinformation surrounding Spencer but also illuminates the broader cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth century."


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    Title
    Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Francis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801445903
    ISBN 10: 0801445906
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG, PDX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HP
    DC21: 192
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 192
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    BISAC V2.8: BIO009000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B1656 .F73 2007
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.2.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: DNB, QD, PDX
    Illustrations note
    27
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    24 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "A major new study of Herbert Spencer, revealing aspects of his personality and thought previously little explored. It is an impressive work of scholarship and interpretation that no scholar of nineteenth-century thought can afford to neglect." David Boucher, Professor of Political Theory, Cardiff University"