In Defense of Herbert Spencer
By Max Hocutt
This article appeared in the Winter 2007/08 issue of The Independent Review.
In his introduction to a 1978 republication of Herbert Spencers long-neglected treatise The Principles of Ethics, Tibor Machan criticizes Spencer for rejecting of the doctrine of free will, advocating altruism, endorsing utilitarianism, and grounding ethics on human evolution. In all four cases, however, Machans objections are wrong or misplaced.
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