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Equal Freedom and Utility
Herbert Spencer's Liberal Utilitarianism

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026864

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  • This rich and provocative study is the first to examine Herbert Spencer's critical role in the development of liberal utilitarian moral and political philosophy in the nineteenth century, as well as the success of his version of it. While several scholars correctly see Mill as a founder of liberal utilitarianism, none have appreciated Spencer's equally important formative role. Weinstein reinterprets Spencer's version of liberal utilitarianism and illustrates that his moral and political thought exhibits greater systematic integrity than received views of his thought acknowledge.

    • Unique study which is the first to examine Spencer's critical role in the development of liberal moral and political philosophy in the nineteenth century
    • Underscores the similarities between Spencer and J. S. Mill
    • Suggests that Spencer's image as a social Darwinist is a caricature
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026864
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.391kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on the text
    1. Social evolution
    2. Social evolution and the moral psychology of equal freedom
    3. Equal freedom and moral rights
    4. Moral rights and utility
    5. The logical coherence of Spencer's liberal utilitarianism
    6. Spencer's ethical reasoning
    7. Land nationalization and property

  • Author

    David Weinstein, Wake Forest University, North Carolina

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