Herbert Spencer: Legacies
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Editor(s): Mark Francis and Michael Taylor  
ISBN: 1844655873
ISBN-13: 9781844655878
Publication Date: 30 May 2014
Pages: 288 (234 x 156 mm)
Format: Hardback
Published Price: £40.00
Discount Price: £32.00
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Herbert Spencer: Legacies explores and assesses the impact of the ideas and work of the great Victorian polymath Herbert Spencer across a wide range of disciplines. In the course of the essays a significant re-evaluation of his influence on Victorian and Edwardian thought is provided. Spencer’s contribution to the fields of sociology, anthropology, psychology, biology and ecology are considered, alongside his influence on key figures in science and philosophy. The book brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to explore Spencer’s nuanced and complex ideas and will be invaluable for historians of science and ideas, and all those interested in the intellectual culture of the late Victorian and Edwardian period.

Mark Francis is Professor of Political Science at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is author of the critically acclaimed Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life (2007). Michael Taylor is the author of Men Versus the State: Herbert Spencer and Late Victorian Individualism (1992) and The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer (2007).

Introduction, Mark Francis and Michael Taylor
1. Spencer’s British disciples, Bernard Lightman
2. Herbert Spencer and Lamarckianism, Peter Bowler
3. Spencer’s psychology and William James, Mark Francis
4. Spencer’s influence on metaphysics and epistemology, David Boucher
5. Spencer and the moral philosophers: Mill, Sidgwick and Moore, John Skorupski
6. Spencer and the development of sociology, Paul Weindling
7. Spencer, biology and the social sciences, Chris Renwick
8. Spencer’s legacies in political thought, Michael Taylor
9. Spencer, organisms social and the order of individuality, James Elwick
10. Spencer and educational theory, Stephen Tomlinson
11. Spencer and literature, Vanessa Ryan
12. Conclusion: Spencer’s forgotten legacies, Mark Francis