Social Darwinism in American thought / Richard Hofstadter.

Rev. ed.. New York, NY : G. Braziller, [1959 [1955] .

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Subjects Évolution sociale.
Social evolution.
Sociologie -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Sociology -- United States -- History.
United States.
Description 248 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date [1959 [1955]
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Synopsis: Social Darwinism in American Thought portrays the overall influence of Darwin on American social theory and the notable battle waged among thinkers over the implications of evolutionary theory for social thought and political action. Theorists such as Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner adopted the idea of the struggle for existence as justification for the evils as well as the benefits of laissez-faire modern industrial society. Others such as William James and John Dewey argued that human planning was needed to direct social development and improve upon the natural order. Hofstadter's classic study of the ramifications of Darwinism is a major analysis of the social philosophies that animated intellectual movements of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.
Contents Author's note -- Introduction -- 1: Coming of Darwinism -- 2: Vogue of Spencer -- 3: William Graham Sumner: social Darwinist -- 4: Lester Ward: critic -- 5: Evolution, ethics, and society -- 6: Dissenters -- 7: Current of pragmatism -- 8: Trends in social theory, 1890-1915 -- 9: Racism and imperialism -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
Genre History.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)252614
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970.
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