Herbert Spencer

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In existographies, Herbert Spencer (135-52 BE) (1820-1903 ACM) (IQ:165|#503) (PR:859|65AE / philosopher:66) (Gottlieb 1000:808) (Becker 139:118) (Scott 50:39) (CR:93) (LH:9) (TL:102|#117) was an English natural philosopher, noted for []


Quotes | On

The following are quotes on Spencer:

“Properly speaking, Spencer's work was little more than a physical philosophy of society. Stimulating though it has proved to all subsequent students in this field, it did not give direction to the main line of development. Those who since Spencer have striven to make of sociology a science have shifted it to other grounds. They have delivered it into the hands of the vitalists or those who hold that social energy is independent of mechanical law.”
Newell Sims (1924), Society and Surplus (pg. viii)[1]

Quotes | By

The following are quotes by Spencer:

“Every physical and psychical change is generated by certain antecedent forces, and that from given amounts of such forces neither more nor less of such physical and psychical changes can result.”
— Herbert Spencer (1860), First Principles (pg. 192); cited by Newell Sims (1924) in Society and Surplus (pg. 4)
“The supposed supernatural sanctions of ‘right’ conduct do not, if rejected leave a blank. There exist natural sanctions no less preemptory, and covering a much wider field.”
— Herbert Spencer (1884), The Principles of Ethics (pg. #)[2]

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  1. Sims, Newell L. (1924). Society and its Surplus: a Study in Social Evolution (pg. 3). Appleton and Co.
  2. Anon. (2020). “The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer” (YT) (4:32-), Let’s Talk Philosophy”, May 1.

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