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Equal Freedom and Utility: Herbert Spencer's Liberal Utilitarianism (Ideas in Context)

ISBN13: 9780521026864
ISBN: 0521026865
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $59.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published Date:
Edition 1
Pages: 252
Average Goodreads rating: 3.50/5 (2 ratings)

This rich and provocative study is the first to examine Herbert Spencer's critical role in the development of liberal utilitarian moral and political philosophy in the nineteenth century, as well as the success of his version of it. While several scholars correctly see Mill as a founder of liberal utilitarianism, none have appreciated Spencer's equally important formative role. Weinstein reinterprets Spencer's version of liberal utilitarianism and illustrates that his moral and political thought exhibits greater systematic integrity than received views of his thought acknowledge.