Social Darwinism in American Thought
By (author) Richard Hofstadter
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Social Darwinism in American Thought by Richard Hofstadter
Book DescriptionSocial 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807055038
(203mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Beacon Press
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1992
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Richard Hofstadter
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Age of Reform, Paperback (August 1988)
Examines the urge for progress and reform from 1890 to 1940, describes the motives of the reformers and the opposition they faced.
America at 1750, Paperback (March 1974)
Illuminates the nature of political culture in mid-eighteenth-century America, calling attention to immigration, slavery, the middle class, and religion. Bibliogs.
Great Issues in American History, Paperback (June 1973)» View all books by Richard Hofstadter
A collection of documentary selections offering insight into the major political and social issues of American history.
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Author Biography - Richard Hofstadter
Richard Hofstadter (1916-1970) was a Dewitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University and author of many books. He was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for The Age of Reform and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.
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