chapter  4
Herbert Spencer's Scientific Progressivism
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What is the point in resurrecting the works of an educator who is so seldom read? In part curiosity; for Spencer's Essays on Education were highly influential at the time when he wrote. * After a brief period of popularity in England and the USA, they passed out of favour more or less into oblivion. And none of the commentators can adequately explain this rather strange phenomenon.1 It is interesting, therefore, to peruse his works to see if they contain anything of permanent as distinct from purely contemporary significance.