(spĕn′sə-rĭz′əm) also Spen·ce·ri·an·ism (spĕn-sîr′ē-ə-nĭz′əm)
The system of thought developed by Herbert Spencer, setting forth the idea that evolution is the passage from the simple, indefinite, and incoherent to the complex, definite, and coherent.
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Accordingly, the effort to naturalize a laissez-faire social policy might well be called Spencerism.
Spencerism was not just a lapse of moral reasoning.
As Sir Michael Sadler said on hearing the news of his death in 1918, 'He saved many men of a very hesitating generation, from being over-mastered by Herbert Spencerism and the first kind of Huxleyism.
Social Darwinism is really social Spencerism, but the fact that the idea has been misnamed has not made it any less powerful.