Man, Society and the State in Herbert Spencer’s Sociological Theory Cover Image

Човекът, обществото и държавата в социологическата теория на Хърбърт Спенсър
Man, Society and the State in Herbert Spencer’s Sociological Theory

Author(s): Nikolay Alexandrov
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Великотърновски университет „Св. св. Кирил и Методий”
Keywords: State; society; individual; organism; progress; evolution; government; law

Summary/Abstract: This article examines Herbert Spencer‘s organic-evolutionary sociological theory, built on the analogy of dependencies in the development of society and the development of biological organisms, which places special emphasis on the interpretation of the idea of progress. The article analyzes a number of basic points in Spencer‘s teaching, such as the relationship between social and industrial progress, the role of property and socio-economic wellbeing, the evolutionary forms of statehood, legislation and lawmaking, the interpretation of positive and negative freedom. Spencer‘s concept of social evolution is also considered here, according to which societies are not created, but develop and cannot be created artificially and intentionally, as they grow naturally like any natural system.

  • Issue Year: 28/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 109-123
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian