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Spencer, Herbert
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(Apr 27, 1820, Derby, England – Dec 8, 1903, Brighton, England), social scientist and popular writer, worked as a railway engineer and political journalist. His System of Synthetic Philosophy (1862–1896) established his reputation as a comprehensive thinker about society, education, ethics, and politics. To each of these domains he applied general evolutionary ideas. Evolution also explained the history of religions, which mirrored the social systems in which they existed, reinforced the practices of existin…

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Noll, Mark A., “Spencer, Herbert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025664>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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