Herbert Spencer and the Limits of the State

978-1-85506-452-2
Paper $23
296 pages, notes, Key Issues

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Herbert Spencer and the Limits of the State

Contemporary Responses to Spencer's The Man Versus the State

Taylor, Michael, editor

Contains a representative sample of writings by the Individualists and their critics, and also by some leading Victorian politicians who attempted to translate political theories into practical politics. The debates between these thinkers raise some fundamental issues about the nature of liberty and the role and limits of the State that remain with us still. Many present-day concerns, including the issues at stake between liberals and communitarians, are to be found prefigured in the pages of this collection.