Herbert Spencer

Standard Name: Spencer, Herbert


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Cultural formation Beatrice Webb
Beatrice Potter (later BW ) underwent a religious crisis in late adolescence; she experienced a short-lived conversion to traditional Anglican Christianity in 1875. After that she returned to looking for alternatives—Buddhism and other Eastern religions...
Cultural formation Constance Naden
She was baptised into the Church of England but while she lived with them attended, as they did, several different Baptist chapels. CN later became a student of science and a sceptic in matters of...
Education Beatrice Webb
Beatrice said she was the least favoured of the Potter girls, and had little education. There is disagreement among biographers as to how far she shared her sisters' tuition by resident governesses in a wide...
Family and Intimate relationships George Eliot
The close relationship of Marian Evans (later GE ) with Herbert Spencer came to an end after it became clear that he was not interested in intimacy.
Karl, Frederick R. George Eliot: Voice of a Century. W.W. Norton.
Family and Intimate relationships George Eliot
Lewes was married. He and his wife had agreed as rational free-thinkers that monogamy was unnatural. He had thus tolerated her relationship with his friend Thornton Hunt , and supported her children by Hunt, who...
Friends, Associates Frances Power Cobbe
FPC 's wide London circle included Walter Bagehot , Frances Sarah Colenso and her husband Bishop Colenso (while they were home from Africa), Henry Fawcett , Charles Kingsley , W. E. H. Lecky , Sir Charles Lyell
Friends, Associates Matilda Betham-Edwards
MBE set a great deal of store by meeting men distinguished as authors or in other fields, as a spur to literary achievement of her own. She was given to boasting of her acquaintance with...
Friends, Associates L. S. Bevington
By this year LSB had met and grown quite close to the social scientist and founder of social Darwinism, Herbert Spencer . This became one of the longest and most influential friendships of her life.
Domingue, Jackie Dees. Doctrine and Dynamite. Texas A and M.
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index. http://c19index.chadwyck.com/home.do.
Miles, Alfred H., editor. The Poets and the Poetry of the Nineteenth Century. AMS Press.
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Friends, Associates Michael Field
They made a friend of George Meredith some time before 1890 and visited him often.
Field, Michael, and William Rothenstein. Works and Days. Editors Moore, Thomas Sturge and D. C. Sturge Moore, J. Murray.
(When he sent them a signed copy of Modern Love, they were inspired to dance a Dionysic dance...
Friends, Associates Maria Grey
The Shirreffs were a sociable family whose friends and acquaintances were varied. The scientist Mary Somerville , geologist Sir Charles Lyell , and Sir William Grove , inventor of the Grove battery, were numbered among...
Friends, Associates Eliza Lynn Linton
She had, however, a delight in meeting and observing people with cultural capital. Other acquaintances included James Anthony Froude , writer; Jane, Lady Franklin (widow of the Arctic explorer, and a traveller in her own...
Friends, Associates Olive Schreiner
Bertram was the first Freethinker Schreiner had encountered, and he strongly influenced her life, although she knew him for only three days. He lent her a copy of Herbert Spencer 's First Principles. Spencer's...
Friends, Associates Beatrice Webb
Their closest friends were statesman R. B. Haldane , Labour leader Arthur Henderson , Liberal politician Herbert Samuel , G. B. Shaw , and political psychologist Graham Wallas , the last two both Fabians. They...
Friends, Associates Emily Shirreff
ES 's circle of friends included Sir William Grove (inventor of the Grove battery), scientist Mary Somerville , lawyer and Royal Society president Lord Wrottesley , astronomer Sir George Biddell Airy , Sir John Herschel
Health Constance Naden
While in India CN contracted a serious fever, which kept [her] a prisoner
Hughes, William Richard et al. Constance Naden: A Memoir. Bickers and Son.
for seven weeks. She had been ill before this, and had been barred from scientific studies for some weeks by a...


By 12 April 1851: Herbert Spencer published his first book,...

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By 12 April 1851

Herbert Spencer published his first book, Social Statics, on social philosophy.

1855: Herbert Spencer published Principles of ...

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Herbert Spencer published Principles of Psychology.

1862: Herbert Spencer published his exposition...

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Herbert Spencer published his exposition of First Principles.

1873: Evolutionary philosopher Herbert Spencer...

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Evolutionary philosopher Herbert Spencer published The Study of Sociology.

1876: The first volume of Herbert Spencer's The...

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The first volume of Herbert Spencer 's The Principles of Sociology was published.

1892-3: Herbert Spencer published The Principles...

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Herbert Spencer published The Principles of Ethics in two volumes; this formed part of his larger series entitled A System of Synthetic Philosophy.

1897: With her publication of Grains of Sense,...

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With her publication of Grains of Sense, philosopher Victoria, Lady Welby , shifted from theology towards a more academic and analytic study of meaning.


Spencer, Herbert. The Complete Works of Herbert Spencer. InteLex Corp.
Spencer, Herbert. The Principles of Ethics. Appleton, 1896.
Spencer, Herbert, and Talcott Parsons. The Study of Sociology. University of Michigan Press, 1961.