Herbert Spencer: An Estimate and Review

Herbert Spencer: An Estimate and Review

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Herbert Spencer: An Estimate and Review

Herbert Spencer: An Estimate and Review

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In the England in which Herbert Spencer grew up, it was, nevertheless, the case that, in the period of his boyhood and youth, all these evolutionary tendencies were indeed remote enough from the minds of the popularly well-known thinkers. For the movement of the Romantic philosophy was hardly known in Great Britain; the Continental revival of historical scholarship had as yet but little affected the leading tendencies of English learning; the conservatism and caution of British scientific men, as well as the decidedly settled theological traditions of the country, alike served for years to keep the "development theory," so far as it was discussed at all, far in the back-

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