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Social Darwinism in American Thought

Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970 (Book - 1992 )
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Social Darwinism in American Thought

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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.

Authors: Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Hofstadter ; with a new introduction by Eric Foner
Title: Social Darwinism in American thought
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, 1992, c1983
Characteristics: xxviii, 248 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1944
Bibliography: Bibliography: p. 205-216
Subject Headings: Social Darwinism United States History Sociology United States History
Topical Term: Social Darwinism
LCCN: 91045525
ISBN: 0807055034
Branch Call Number: 301.0973 H
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