Social statics


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the study of the conditions which concern the existence and permanence of the social state.

See also: Statics

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Written in an accessible, readable style (with a few grammatical infelicities), the book includes a short biography of Spencer's relatively uneventful life; an analysis of his major political ideas as elucidated in The Proper Sphere of Government (1842-1843), Social Statics (1851), The Man Versus the State (1884), and his Principles of Ethics (1891); a discussion of thinkers who followed in Spencer's idiosyncratic footsteps (with particular emphasis on libertarian-leaning authors such as William Graham Sumner, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek); a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and a short index.
Spencer actually wrote in Social Statics, "Of course, in so far as the severity of this process [natural selection] is mitigated by the spontaneous sympathy of men for each other, it is proper that it should be mitigated" Compare that to the Progressive sympathy for the "unfit," which in some cases extended only so far as cutting their balls off--for the good of society, of course.
Herbert Spencer's Social Statics." But, as Bernstein shows, Holmes was attacking a straw man.
Herbert Spencer's Social Statics," even though the connection between laissez-faire economics and constitutional principles is far tighter than Holmes acknowledged.
Herbert Spencer's Social Statics." The point of Holmes' quip was that the majority was reading into the Constitution a controversial ideology--doctrinaire laissez-faire economics, of which Spencer was a leading exponent--with no warrant in the text or history of the Constitution itself.
Social statics; or, the conditions essential to human happiness specified, and the first of them developed New York: Appleton.
Spencer is at his most utilitarian in Social Statics (1851), but here he is as much a critic as an apostle of the theory.
Major Works: Social Statics (1850), The Principles of Psychology (1855), Education: Intellectual, Moral, and Physical (1861), First Principles (1862), The Principles of Biology (Vol.
They were also moved by the radical libertarianism (some scholars would say anarchism) of the Social Statics -- the idea that each human being was absolutely obligated to follow the "law of equal freedom," i.e., to guarantee the liberty of each, limited only by the like liberty of all.
Spencer's Social Statics (1850) is the pre-Darwinian prototype of the view that modern social conditions entail the multiplication of the unfit.
There are many passages in Social Statics praising the ability and potential of the working class (and conversely pricking the pretension of the more favored classes), and even Spencer's famous anti-statist tracts could appeal to turn-of-the-century workers who still saw the state as oppressive rather than as the suppliers of a beneficial social wage.