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Spencer, Herbert 1820-1903

Works: 2,310 works in 8,672 publications in 17 languages and 83,175 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Records and correspondence  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Composer, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Singer, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Arranger, Honoree, Photographer, Adapter, Performer
Classifications: HM51, 192
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First principles by Herbert Spencer( Book )

389 editions published between 1860 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 3,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the author's many treatises on the foundations of knowledge, this collection focuses on science. Part One, "The Unknowable", discusses ultimate religious and scientific theories which Spencer sees as unknowable. Part Two, "The Knowable", explains data; concepts such as motion, forces, and evolution; segregation; equilibrium; and dissolution in other words, concepts that are provable and knowable
Education: intellectual, moral, and physical by Herbert Spencer( Book )

310 editions published between 1800 and 2009 in 14 languages and held by 2,572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Publishers take pleasure in offering to the American public the present work on Education, by an author who is eminent among the pioneer thinkers of the age. The course of nature from the germ to the matured organism is through advancing complexity; how then can the best training be secured unless the order of unfolding, and the laws and conditions of growth be understood? The future of educational progress must depend largely upon such knowledge, and in applying a masterly analysis to the subject, and bringing to bear upon it the results of the latest science, the Author has performed for us a very important service. In this work is presented a thoroughly broad exposition of the general principles of Education. The Author's view is comprehensive; his mind, rich in analogies and pertinent in illustration, takes the widest survey, and is universal in its perception of the relations of subjects. There is no partisanship, but a catholicity which cannot be too much valued. While one urges the claims of intellectual education, another presses the requirements of a moral education, and a third insists upon the demands of physical training. All are of course important, but each may separately be carried too far; and there is great danger of this when the advocate limits his view to a single side: for these are not independent parts of our nature, to be cultivated singly, but reciprocally and vitally dependant; and he alone can speak with an authoritative voice upon this great subject, who recognizes their close relations, whose glance includes the whole field, and who harmonizes and balances the various elements so as to produce a healthy and symmetrical culture. This is the special excellence of Mr. Spencer's work, which is fitly commenced by a lucid and able estimate of the relative value of the various forms of knowledge. It is put forth in the hope that it will prove useful to parents, instructors, and school directors, and become a valuable addition to the literature of education"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The study of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

318 editions published between 1873 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben tao shu xuan yi de zhu zuo, zai li qiu fan ying xian dai xi fang si xiang xue shu de du chuang xing yu si wei shen sui xing de tong shi, ye zhu zhong si xiang de quan mian xing ji qi nei han de qi di jia zhi. ben shu bao gua : wo men xu yao she hui xue yan jiu, cun zai she hui ke xue ma, she hui ke xue de xing zhi, she hui ke xue de zhang ai deng
The data of ethics by Herbert Spencer( Book )

197 editions published between 1800 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume Herbert Spencer covers the "data" of ethics (Part I), the "inductions" of ethics (Part II), and the ethics of individual life (Part III). He maintains that there is a natural mechanism--an 'innate moral sense'--in human beings by which they come to arrive at certain moral intuitions and from which laws of conduct might be deduced. Spencer adopted a utilitarian standard of ultimate value--the greatest happiness of the greatest number--and the culmination of the evolutionary process would be the maximization of utility. In the perfect society individuals would not only derive pleasure from the exercise of altruism but would aim to avoid inflicting pain on others. This volume was subsequently published (in 1897) as the first part of The principles of ethics: Volume 1." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
The principles of biology. by Herbert Spencer( Book )

127 editions published between 1864 and 1966 in English and held by 1,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social statics : the conditions essential to human happiness specified, and the first of them developed by Herbert Spencer( Book )

133 editions published between 1851 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu shi zuo zhe de di yi bu xue shu zhu zuo,Ye shi ta yan jiu she hui he zheng zhi xue shuo de zhu yao zhu zuo zhi yi.Zheng ru zuo zhe ben ren suo yan,Zhei bu zhu zuo"bao han le zi 1850 nian yi lai yi jing you hen da fa zhan de yi xie si xiang huo si xiang de meng ya"
The principles of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

83 editions published between 1877 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The evolution of society : selections from Herbert Spencer's Principles of sociology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

22 editions published between 1967 and 1990 in English and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer on education by Herbert Spencer( Book )

15 editions published between 1899 and 1966 in English and Sanskrit and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Facts and comments by Herbert Spencer( Book )

43 editions published between 1902 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the years spent in writing various systematic works, there have from time to time arisen ideas not fitted for incorporation in them. Many of these have found places in articles published in reviews, and are now collected together in the three volumes of my essays. But there remain a number which have not yet found expression: some of them relatively trivial, some of more interest, and some which I think are important. I have felt reluctant to let these pass unrecorded, and hence during the last two years, at intervals now long and now short, have set them down in the following pages. Possibly to a second edition I shall make some small additions, but, be this as it may, the volume herewith issued I can say with certainty will be my last"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
On social evolution : selected writings by Herbert Spencer( Book )

10 editions published between 1972 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Social statics, abridged and revised; together with the man versus the state by Herbert Spencer( Book )

79 editions published between 1851 and 2003 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Published in December, 1850, this work in its original form was entitled Social Statics: or, the Conditions essential to Human Happiness specified, and the first of them developed. A number of years passed--some ten, I think--before the edition was exhausted; and as the demand seemed not great enough to warrant the setting up of type for a new edition, it was decided to import an edition from America, where the work had been stereotyped. After this had been disposed of a third edition was similarly imported. In the meantime I had relinquished some of the conclusions drawn from the first principle laid down. Further, though still adhering to this first principle, one of the bases assigned for it had been given up by me. To the successive editions I therefore prefixed the statement that some of the doctrines set forth needed qualification; but excused myself from making the changes called for, because they could not be made without suspending more important work. Eventually, it became manifest that the warning given did not prevent misinterpretations of my later beliefs; and, therefore, ten years ago, after all copies of the third edition had been sold, I resolved not again to import a supply to meet the still continued demand. As, however, the fundamental idea enunciated, and many of the deductions have survived in me, I have all along intended that these should be put in a permanently accessible form; and in 1890 at leisure times I went through the work, erasing some portions, abridging others, and subjecting the whole to a careful verbal revision. Its purely systematic division is now replaced by Part IV. of The Principles of Ethics: Justice--a part in which the ethical doctrine originally set forth, in an imperfect form, is freed from its crudities and made scientifically coherent. But Justice contains neither the discussions which, in Social Statics, preceded the constructive division, nor the series of chapters in which, towards the close, the political implications were pointed out. Both of these portions seem worth preserving. I am desirous of preserving also certain passages containing ideas, and the germs of ideas, which, since 1850, have undergone large developments. These have a certain biographio-historical interest, as indicating stages of growth in thoughts. The more significant of them will be found on p. 32, pp. 33-35, pp. 121-22, pp. 149-50, pp. 180-81, pp. 203-6, p. 245, pp. 249-51, pp. 267-70. In the latter part of the work, numerous references are made to the events of the day and to institutions existing when it was written. During the forty years which have since passed, social changes have diminished or destroyed the relevancy of some of these references. It has seemed best, however, to leave them as they were; partly because the arguments remain equally valid though their data are altered; partly because substituting other illustrations would entail on me more labour than I can now afford; and partly because, even were the illustrations brought up to date, lapse of years would soon make them out of date. My first intention was to call this volume, or rather part of a volume, "Fragments from Social Statics," and afterwards, "Selections from Social Statics." Both of these titles, however, seemed to indicate a much less coherent assemblage of parts than it contains. On the other hand, to call it an abridgment is somewhat misleading; since the word fails to imply that large and constructively-important parts are omitted. No title, however, appears appropriate; and I have at length decided that Social Statics, abridged and revised, is the least inappropriate"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Philosophy of style by Herbert Spencer( Book )

90 editions published between 1852 and 2012 in English and Japanese and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, prominent classical liberal political theorist, and sociological theorist of the Victorian era. He exerted a great influence on literature and rhetoric, with his 1852 essay, The Philosophy of Style, explored a growing trend of formalist approaches to writing. Highly focused on the proper placement and ordering of the parts of an English sentence, he created a guide for effective composition. Spencer's aim was to free prose writing from as much "friction and inertia" as possible, so that the reader would not be slowed by strenuous deliberat
Essays on education and kindred subjects by Herbert Spencer( Book )

50 editions published between 1910 and 2012 in English and Romanian and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although philosophers have been pontificating on education and pedagogy since ancient times, Victorian thinker Herbert Spencer's ideas about education proved to be instrumental in helping to shape modern thinking about teaching and learning. The four essays collected in this volume were particularly influential in helping to define the liberal arts curricula that would take hold in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A must-read for educators, homeschooling proponents, or anyone interested in learning processes
The principles of psychology by Herbert Spencer( Book )

89 editions published between 1855 and 2012 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The original publication of this volume drew Herbert into the epistemological debate with John Stuart Mill. It was to be of relevance to future psychologists, including William James, a pioneer of experimental psychology
An epitome of the synthetic philosophy by Herbert Spencer( Book )

60 editions published between 1889 and 1973 in 6 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of this volume is to give in a condensed form the general principles of Mr. Herbert Spencer's Philosophy as far as possible in his original words. In order to carry out this intention each section (ʹ) has been reduced, with but few exceptions, to one tenth; the five thousand and more pages of the original being thus represented by a little over five hundred. The Epitome consequently represents The Synthetic Philosophy as it would be seen through a diminishing glass: the original proportion holding between all its varied parts. Should this volume lead the general reader to a better acquaintance with Mr. Spencer's own works, I shall feel amply repaid for my labour. My warmest thanks are due to Mr. Spencer for his invaluable preface; and also to Miss Beatrice Potter, and Mr. Henry R. Tedder, F.S.A., the able and accomplished secretary and librarian of the Athenaeum Club, for their valuable suggestions while the work has been in progress"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Illustrations of universal progress; a series of discussions by Herbert Spencer( Book )

63 editions published between 1864 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays contained in the present volume were first published in the English periodicals--chiefly the Quarterly Reviews. They contain ideas of permanent interest, and display an amount of thought and labor evidently much greater than is usually bestowed on review articles. They were written with a view to ultimate republication in an enduring form, and were issued in London with several other papers, under the title of "Essays; Scientific, Political, and Speculative," first and second series--the former appearing in 1857, and the latter in 1863. They are now, however, issued in a new form, and are more suited to develop the author's purpose in their preparation; for while each of these essays has its intrinsic and independent claims upon the reader's attention, they are all at the same time but parts of a connected and comprehensive argument. Nearly all of Mr. Spencer's essays have relations more or less direct to the general doctrine of Evolution--a doctrine which he has probably done more to unfold and illustrate than any other thinker. The papers comprised in the present volume are those which deal with the subject in its most obvious and prominent aspects"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The classification of the sciences: which are added reasons for dissenting from the philosophy of M. Comte by Herbert Spencer( Book )

55 editions published between 1864 and 2009 in French and English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A perplexed philosopher: being an examination of Mr. Herbert Spencer's various utterances on the land question, with some incidental reference to his synthetic philosophy by Henry George( Book )

2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Herbert Spencer and the invention of modern life by Mark Francis( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ideas of the English philosopher Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) have shaped evolutionary theory, philosophy of science, sociology & politics. This work aims to dispel the plethora of misinformation surrounding Spencer, throwing light on the broader cultural history of the 19th century
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Herber Spencer

Herbert Spencer angielski filozof oraz socjolog

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Herbert Spencer herbert spenser

Herbert Spenser

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Spencer Erberto 1820-1903

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Spenser, Gerbert.

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Spensers, H. 1820-1903

Spensers, H. (Herberts), 1820-1903

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Χέρμπερτ Σπένσερ

Герберт Спенсер

Герберт Спенсер британский философ и социолог

Спенсер Г. 1820-1903

Спенсер, Г. (Герберт), 1820-1903

Спенсер Герберт

Спенсер, Герберт 1820-1903

Спенсер, Герберт британский философ и социолог

Херберт Спенсер

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הרברט ספנסר

ספנסר, הרברט

ספנסר, הרברט 1820־1903

ספענסער, הערבערט

ספענסער, הערבערט 1820־1903

ספענסער, הערבערט 1903-1820

سبنسر، هربرت 1820-1903

هربرت اسپنسر

هربرت سبنسر

هربرت سبنسر، 1820-1903

هربرټ سپېنسر

हरबर्ट स्पेंसर

হার্বার্ট স্পেন্সার

హెర్బర్ట్ స్పెన్సర్

ಹರ್ಬರ್ಟ್ ಸ್ಪೆನ್ಸರ್

ဆပင်စာ ဟားဗတ်

스펜서, 허버트 1820-1903

허버트 스펜서


スペンサー, H

スペンサー, ハアバート

スペンサー, ハーバート


スペンセル, ハルバルト



斯宾塞 1820-1903

斯宾塞, 赫伯特




斯辺鎖, 波

斯辺鎖, 袍巴土


斯邊鎖, 波馬爾土


Education: intellectual, moral, and physicalThe study of sociologyThe data of ethicsSocial statics : the conditions essential to human happiness specified, and the first of them developedFacts and commentsSocial statics, abridged and revised; together with the man versus the statePhilosophy of styleEssays on education and kindred subjects