Social Darwinism : selected essays of William Graham Sumner / With an introduction by Stow Persons.


Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, 1963.

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Subjects Darwinisme social.
Social Darwinism.
Sumner, William Graham, 1840-1910.
Series Classics in history ; S-CH-7.
Description 180 pages ; 22 cm.
Copyright Date 1963.
Notes A Spectrum book.
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary These essays represent William Graham Sumner's application of the theory of evolution to the problems of economic and public policy of 19th-century America. Sumner treats such topics as social change, government interference in the economy, the threat of socialism, and separation of church and state. His concern with the implications of the "struggle for existence" provided a spartan critique of America's Gilded Age. One of America's notable pioneers in the "science of society," Sumner believed man could survive the brutality of nature only through individual discipline and technological innovation. Although strongly influenced by Darwin and Spencer, Sumner did not share the optimism of his contemporaries, who found evidence of social progress in biological evolution. The scientific temper of mind, as Sumner understood it, gave rise to a critical and pessimistic outlook. History to Sumner was a patternless advance and retreat in the struggle for existence. Society moved forward only as quickly as new technological advances were made, but these gave no guarantees for a better future.--From publisher description.
Contents Introduction : Sumner's science of society -- Sociology -- War -- Social war in democracy -- Some natural rights -- Socialism -- State interference -- The forgotten man -- Democracy and plutocracy -- The concentration of wealth : it economic justification -- Who win by progress? -- The new social issue -- The absurd effort to make the world over.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)167113
(OCoLC)ocm00167113
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WorldCat Identities Sumner, William Graham, 1840-1910.
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