Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer - Vol. 2

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Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer - Vol. 2

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VOLUME II

CHAPTER XXI
ALTRUISM AS A FACTOR IN SOCIAL EVOLUTION

(January , 1892- June , 1893)

THE several parts of the Principles of Ethics were not written with that adherence to the order laid down in the original programme which had characterised the earlier volumes of the series. "The Data" had been given to the world in 1879, under the fear that his health might give way completely before he could reach it in ordinary course. Ten years after he again turned aside from the Sociology to write "Justice." Many things had happened during the decade showing how crude and distorted were the ideas entertained on this subject. Moreover, coinciding as it did to a large extent with the more systematic part of Social Statics , respecting parts of which his opinion had changed, the publication of "Justice" was desirable, both in vindication of his consistency, and as a corrective to the conclusions which, rightly or (as he thought) wrongly, were being drawn from the earlier work. This Part being . . .

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