Herbert Spencer; An Estimate and Review

Herbert Spencer; An Estimate and Review

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...his age will never be forgotten. His limitations have their own classic finish of outline. His place in the history of English thinking is significant and secure. HERBERT SPENCER'S EDUCATIONAL THEORIES HERBERT SPENCER'S EDUCATIONAL THEORIES AMONGST the numerous reflecr-tions to which a reading of Spencer's "Autobiography" gives rise, some memory of his educational theories finds a very natural place. I propose, accordingly, in this paper, to reconsider some of Spencer's views regarding education, and to do so in the new light in which the "Autobiography" enables us to see both the man and his work. A general sketch of Spencer's "Theory of Education," a consideration of how this theory was related to his own personal character and early training, and a resulting estimate of the value of the theory will constitute the task to which this paper is devoted.1 1 The following essay was prepared, independently of the essay upon Spencer's "Philosophy of Evolution," as a paper to be read before an educational conference. As a supplement to the more extended consideration of his general theories, it finds its place in the present book. DURING the years between 1850 and 1860, Spencer, then between thirty and forty years of age, was a frequent contributor to various periodicals. In 1850 he had published his first work, the "Social Statics," a treatise on the application of certain ethical ideas to the management of society, and in particular to the theory of government. This first work had, as its consequence, a somewhat rapid development of Spencer's own ideas in the direction of his subsequent "System of Synthetic Philosophy." The development in question led through the preparation of the first...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236619692
  • 9781236619693