Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Herbert Spencer" by David Weinstein

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Primary Sources: Works by Spencer

  • 1851, Social Statics, Robert Schalkenbach Foundation, 1970.
  • 1855, The Principles of Psychology, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans.
  • 1862, First Principles, Williams and Norgate, 1915.
  • 1864–1867, The Principles of Biology, 2 volumes, London: Williams and Norgate.
  • 1868–74, Essays: Moral, Political and Speculative, 3 vols., London: Williams and Norgate, 1901.
  • 1873, The Study of Sociology, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1969.
  • 1879–93, The Principles of Ethics, 2 volumes, Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1978.
  • 1884, The Man Versus the State, Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1981.
  • 1893, “The Inadequacy of ‘Natural Selection’,” The Contemporary Review, 63: 153–166, 439–456. (Scholar)
  • 1897, “M. De Laveleye’s Error” in Various Fragments, New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1898. (Scholar)
  • 1897, The Principles of Sociology, 3 volumes, New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1876–96.
  • 1904, An Autobiography, 2 volumes, London: Williams and Norgate.

Secondary Sources

  • Den Otter, Sandra M., 1996, British Idealism and Social Explanation, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Duncan, David, 1908, The Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer, London: Methuen and Co. (Scholar)
  • Francis, Mark, 2007, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life, Stocksfield: Acumen. (Scholar)
  • Francis, M. & M. Taylor (eds.), 2015, Herbert Spencer: Legacies, London: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • Gibbard, Allan, 1982, “Inchoately Utilitarian Common Sense: The Bearing of a Thesis of Sidgwick’s on Moral Theory,” in Harlan B. Miller and William H. Williams, (eds.), The Limits of Utilitarianism, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. (Scholar)
  • Gray, John, 1983, Mill on Liberty: A Defence, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1989, “Mill’s and Other Liberalisms,” in John Gray, Liberalisms: Essays in Political Philosophy, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. (Scholar)
  • Hoftstadter, Richard, 1955, Social Darwinism in American Thought, Boston: Beacon Press. (Scholar)
  • Huxley, T. H., 1893, “Evolutionary Ethics” in T. H. Huxley, Evolution and Ethics and Other Essays, New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1929. (Scholar)
  • Mill, J. S., 1861, Utilitarianism in John M. Robson (ed.), The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, 33 vols., Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1969, vol. x. (Scholar)
  • Moore, G. E., 1903, Principia Ethica, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984. (Scholar)
  • Muirhead, J. H., 1897, The Elements of Ethics, London: John Murray. (Scholar)
  • Nozick, Robert, 1974, Anarchy, State, and Utopia, New York: Basic Books. (Scholar)
  • Offer, John, 1994, “Introduction,” in John Offer (ed.), Herbert Spencer: Political Writings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2014, ‘Herbert Spencer,”, in W.J.Mander (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 257–284. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010, Herbert Spencer and Social Theory, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. (Scholar)
  • Paxton, Nancy, 1991, George Eliot and Herbert Spencer, Princeton: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • Riley, Jonathan, 1988, Liberal Utilitarianism: Social Choice Theory and J. S. Mill’s Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Ritchie, D. G., 1891, The Principles of State Interference in Peter P. Nicholson (ed.), Collected Works of D. G. Ritchie, 6 vols., Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 1998. (Scholar)
  • Ross, W. D., 1939, Foundations of Ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Schneewind, Jerome, 1977, Sidgwick’s Ethics and Victorian Moral Philosophy, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Sidgwick, Henry, 1902, Lectures on the Ethics of T. H. Green, Mr. Herbert Spencer and J. Martineau, London: Macmillan. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1907, The Methods of Ethics, 7th edition, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1981. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1880, “Mr. Spencer’s Ethical System,” Mind, 5(18): 216–226. (Scholar)
  • Sinclair, A. G., 1907, Der Utilitarismus bei Sidgwick und Spencer, Heidelberg: Carl Winter’s Universitätsbuchhandlung. (Scholar)
  • Skinner, Quentin, 2002, “A Third Concept of Liberty,” London Review of Books, 24(7): 16–18. (Scholar)
  • Sumner, W. L., 1987, The Moral Foundations of Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Taylor, Michael W., 2007, The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer, London: Continuum. (Scholar)
  • Weinstein, D., 1998, Equal Freedom and Utility: Herbert Spencer’s Liberal Utilitarianism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000, “Deductive Hedonism and the Anxiety of Influence,” Utilitas, 12(3): 329–346. (Scholar)
  • Williams, Bernard, 1973, “A Critique of Utilitarianism,” in J. C. C. Smart and Bernard Williams (eds.), Utilitarianism: For and Against, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Young, R. M., 1970, Mind, Brain and Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)

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