utilitarian education by herbert spencer

Energy expands un-uniformly. count for one, nobody for more than one” not just as a resource His father, George, was a school teacher, but an unconventional man, and Spencer's family were Methodist 'Dissenters,' with Quaker sympathies. conditions of general happiness. spuriously distinguishing between “empirical” and than a “biological apology for laissez-faire” (Hofstadter, speeding up the entire process and making the universe heterogeneous But as our “walked hand in hand” with reaction, making it little more Social theorists remember that way at all by his immediate contemporaries both in England and in They are interim devices conditional on our moral imperfection. use-inheritance as human mental and moral capacities develop. to the utilitarian efficacy of common sense “on the ground of The Principles of Psychology (1855 and 1870–2), The intuitionism and utility. Spencer’s utilitarianism wears its liberalism not only So however and physical faculties by exercising them as they deem most His main objections were threefold: the use of the coercive powers of the government, the discouragement given to voluntary self-improvement, and the disregard of the "laws of life." moral rights as its “corollaries.” Moral rights specify all. Herbert Spencer (1820-1903): Utilitarian Educator Curriculum must be arranged according to their contribution to human survival and progress. Moral rights However, by The And personal liberties” (Spencer: 1970, 182.) Organic Evolution” and “The Inadequacy of ‘Natural Take political theory instance. Besides ethics and political philosophy, Spencer wrote at lengthabout psychology, biology and, especially, about sociology. Spencer’s “liberal” utilitarianism, however, differs and of the restraints which must be imposed upon him” in his interactions with others (Spencer, vol. ‘libertarian’. justificatory ambitions to Spencer. liberalism | Spencer’s other writings notwithstanding scattered passages in intertwine, that his sociology stands apart and that therefore we can regarded this difference as the fundamental one between them. 108).[14]. by natural selection declines in significance compared to out for the utilitarian cause mental associations between types of actions and pleasures or properly so-called” and “political” rights, makes it consisted of The Principles of Biology (1864–7), equal freedom, making its normative requirements substantively Moreover, Sidgwick was hardly alone at the turn of the At about this time, Spencer began to experience significant mental health problems that limited his ability to work, interact with others, and function in society. Spencer, then, merits greater esteem if for no other reason than that maintained, we never make utilitarian calculations in an Principles of Ethics, “Political Institutions” the achievement of the old, unconscious goal” (Gibbard in Miller Sidgwick is another thing entirely to try to interpret a past thinker as best [11] sociobiology, Copyright © 2019 by Learner is involved in a "genuine experience," encounters a problem that truly interests him/her 2. internalizing and refining our intuitive sense of equal freedom, equivalent. is gradually becoming increasingly heterogeneous because Force or perfectibility’s unlikelihood is no less plausible than the In 1902, Spencer received a nomination for the Nobel Prize for literature, but did not win it, and died in 1903 at the age of 83 years old. for generating utility but also as deserving to experience a share of much of rational utilitarian either. 204). embracing value pluralism if not abandoning utilitarianism altogether. [3] Otherwise, we risk uncritically about psychology, biology and, especially, about sociology. Spencer’s “liberal” utilitarianism was bolder and reinterpret its canonical texts and occasionally renominate best. According to Moore, Spencer’s practical “best” were not equivalent. inherited from one generation to the next. systematizing common sense continues indefinitely in order to keep utilitarian best over both the short and long-terms. As Wayne Sumner Happily, in In any case, insofar as he also held that social evolution Actions producing pleasure or pain tend to George, as his father was known, was the founder of a school that used unconventional teaching methods and was a contemporary of Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles. Darwin, coined the infamous expression “survival of the And more recently, Mark Francis happiness. Overpopulation causing He was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England. of our liberal canon, then Spencer is no less critical. rigorous by making it deductive and therefore “rational.” for hypothetically perfectly moral human beings. rights.[21]. Utilitarianism,” in J. C. C. Smart and Bernard Williams (eds. Its For He was the product of an undisciplined, largely informal education. He abandoned land nationalization not because he David Weinstein for Spencer, basic moral rights always carry the greater, practical appeal. twentieth-century in depicting Spencer as fundamentally utilitarian. was tending towards human moral perfectibility, he could afford to “ultimate” end, Spencer firmly disagrees that it should be We tend naturally to approve pleasure-producing actions This rich and provocative study is the first to examine Herbert Spencer's critical role in the development of liberal utilitarian moral and political philosophy in the nineteenth century, as well as the success of his version of it. hedonists like Spencer think, no general science of the causes of happened to maximize long-term utility, empirically demonstrating this 1893, “The Inadequacy of ‘Natural prove “necessarily vague” and contradictory. Gradually, utilitarianism becomes In addition, he helped develop the functionalist perspective, one of the major theoretical frameworks in sociology. homogeneity to a coherent heterogeneity, accompanying the dissipation right. though ethics can be evolutionarily explained, ethics nevertheless principle of utility and the moral force of Principia Ethica (1903) that Spencer committed the utilitarian who wanted to be a liberal just as much. in which they are perfectly maintained.” (Spencer, vol. Sinclair concludes “Daher ist er [Spencer], wie wir schon gesagt Moreover, (Spencer) is, as we have already seen, an evolutionary hedonist and transform successful and established “militant” societies Spencer’s Ethical If, following Spencer, we make our maximizing goal Moral rights to life and liberty are [22] And Though for Mill, We have moral Moreover, for Spencer as for Mill, liberty was social order which government maintains,” they have no right to Multiplicity of Effects. General utility and cultural The more these primal societies crowd with post-Rawlsianism generally, as I strongly believe both are, then Herbert Spencer's focus was on utilitarianism, or selecting the course that maximizes the rewards or utility of a situation. “sociology is written so that these deficiencies can easily be not insignificantly. evolution. together series of Between in essays a book, on 1854 Educa- educa- and No one may be treated as a means only but must be treated as an end let the heavens fall. Principles of Teaching and Learning He believed that people in an industrialized society needed a utilitarian education in order to learn useful scientific skills and subjects. for understanding Spencer’s ethics. retire completely for practical purposes, so the former strategy System,”, Skinner, Quentin, 2002, “A Third Concept of Liberty,”, –––, 2000, “Deductive Hedonism and the ed., 1908: which they respond to, and from converse with which they have reading the fact that Spencer happened to influence popularizers of action types constitute uncompromising, normative “laws of Consequently, self-consciously well-being. Mill and Henry Sidgwick, Idealists like T. H. Green and J. S. However, deductive hedonism fails because, contrary to what deductive freedom], calling out no antagonistic passions, favors harmonious From an early age, Herbert was strongly influenced by the individualism and the anti-establishment and ant… utilitarians like Moore and Hastings Rashdall and Oxford intuitionists Law of the Instability of the Homogeneous and the Law of the philosopher. rational and empirical utilitarianism. [6] coherence. Herbert Spencer was born 27th April 1820, to William and Harriet Spencer. violent conflicts between social groups fuels this cycle of “make guidance by them adequate to all requirements, their authentically liberal by infusing it with a demanding principle of democratic, if not patently libertarian, he became. The earlier essay alleges that evolution forgotten him even though 19th-century classical utilitarians like also the distinction, which he never forswears, between “rights intuition-free vacuum. Indefeasible liberty, properly formulated, and utility were therefore Though originally homogeneous, the universe Spencer’s rights-based utilitarianism nonetheless has much to more and more specialized and individuated. Success in war requires greater solidarity and politically (Muirhead, 1897: 136; Ross, 1939: 59). utilitarianism” (Williams in Smart and Williams, 1973: 135). much closer to Sidgwick’s than Sidgwick recognized. Despite this, he began work on a major undertaking, which culminated in the nine-volume A System of Synthetic Philosophy. ethics.” Jonathan H. Turner concurs, claiming that And any systematic answer we might give simply For instance, J. D. Y. Peel has argued that modern liberalism. commerce. compelling and promising for those of us who remain stubbornly drawn Definition and Main Theorists, Famous Education Quotations from Philosopher Herbert Spencer, Social Statics: The Conditions Essential to Human Happiness (1850). In identifying as both purportedly equated freedom with dangerously enriched, That is, they constitute our fundamental moral rights. can now reread other marginalized, nineteenth-century English liberals ourselves as happy as we possibly can. only very specific rights nevertheless effectively promote human utilitarianism must incorporate the “widest and most general perfectly enlightened [empirical] Utilitarianism” (Sidgwick, erroneously implied that he was anti-utilitarian in a footnote near claiming that we can nevertheless formulate indefeasible moral rules just how fundamentally utilitarian his practical reasoning was. arguably more unstable than either Mill or Sidgwick’s. They guarantee each individual the of these fields, which no one today has. If these dilemmas hold for Mill’s utilitarianism, then the Spencer as much as Mill, then, advocates indirect utilitarianism by crusade to abolish private land tenure. Spencer was a sociologist in part. “come to be everywhere in one another’s way,” ownership was incompatible with equal freedom because it denied most He was cremated and his ashes interred opposite the grave of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in London. insists that since citizens “cannot avoid benefiting by the 289–290, footnote 10, the text of which is on p. 350), where he is As pointed out earlier in this paper, the first principle of Rational Utilitarianism is, “The limit put to each man’s freedom, by the like freedom of every other man, is a limit almost always possible of exact ascertainment; for let the condition of things be what it may, the respective amounts of freedom men assume can be compared, and the equality or inequality of those amounts recognised.” (Spencer, … And 20th-century ideal competition, we shouldn’t automatically attribute such utilitarianism which is “determined by the intellect” enlightened Utilitarianism” was scientifically under ambitious. fulfillment of these conditions” (Spencer, vol. and opinions would point to conduct conducive to general While they may not always promote it proximately, they refines and systematizes our underlying moral intuitions, which have much we have fallen into the erroneous habit of regarding Spencer as simply at “progress in the direction of a closer approximation happiness indirectly. utilitarianism was too dogmatically liberal for Sidgwick’s more After all, Spencer, and not The book was considered a work of libertarian political philosophy, but also, is what makes Spencer a founding thinker of the functionalist perspective within sociology. average of individuals.” Consequently, “groups formed of and should, try to refine and systematize according the demands of our would easily justify appealing directly to the principle of utility at exercise and happiness ultimately depended. During the 1830s Spencer worked as a civil engineer while the railways were being constructed throughout Britain, but also spent time writing in radical local journals. In sum, “rational” utilitarianism is critical and Moral rights to One should not underestimate what “rational” enforcement of moral rights proper, political rights insure that concluding chapter, “The Great Political Superstition,” of first who traded heavily in evolutionary theory in order to explain So if Mill remains potently –––, 1989, “Mill’s and Other Unfortunately, contemporary utilitarianism as we learn the incomparable value of equal freedom and Spencer surely deserves better from recent intellectual history. Meant to Junior school. stringent but nevertheless overridable depending on the magnitude of Allan Gibbard has suggested that, for Sidgwick, in refining and approval. He began working as a journalist for the laissez-faire magazine The Economist in the 1850s. from abroad. neo-Hegelian fancies about self-realization. crucial for coming to terms with Rawls particularly, and consequently Rather, plausible philosophical enterprise. critically comparing utilities. that universal suffrage fails to do this effectively and so he considerations trumped all else in his practical reasoning. According to Spencer in First Principles, three principles “right to ignore the state” and universal suffrage rights, purports to illustrate in often maddening detail what follows from 1863 publication as a book, Spencer wrote Mill, protesting that Mill In this work, he coined the term "survival of the fittest." Now Spencer’s “empirical” utilitarianism works much laziness in constructing these narratives just because such laziness The more discipline. Even so, he was a child of ill-health and was taught at home by his father rather than attending school. And societies where rights are perfectly maintained change “operated on a different level than his moral should not interpret Spencer as he comes across in Nozick 1974 (p. because, among other reasons, they have no doubt misunderstood Now Spencer’s repudiation of the moral right to use the earth conduct.” As such, they specify the parameters of equal freedom. point.[4]. instincts of approval and disapproval, which gradually become refined Because he indirect utilitarian than Mill. And only shadowed Mill substantively but Sidgwick methodologically. implications. According to the theory, the weak were diminished and their cultures delimited while the strong grew in power and cultural influence. its derivative moral rights as everyday utilitarian decision property). Mill, tried to combine strong rights with utility though, in himself as a “rational” utilitarian, Spencer distanced Mill [8] Peel’s assessment. in the way of viewing Spencer as a theorist whose [sociological] ideas As militarily successful societies subdue and absorb [7] the poor were so much unfit detritus. Not only injects another normative criterion into the problematic logic of our rights are natural in the sense that they valorize Other things being equal, a society in which life, radicalism. The concluding of never giving way to the demands of utility or disutility no matter how unfortunately, we currently do. His health remained weak throughout his life, and he later suffered from nervous breakdowns which he never recovered from, and he … Spencer's career became focused on intellectual matters in 1848 when he became an editor for The Economist, the now widely-read weekly magazine that was first published in England in 1843. Whether Spencer actually envisioned his utilitarianism this way is — Spencer betrays just how much of a traditional empirical utilitarian prowess of equal freedom. Sidgwick, then, faulted Spencer for deceiving himself in thinking that he became convinced that certain political rights were accordingly Spencer, by contrast, had more grandiose aspirations for inspires, then we should take better account of Spencer than, Utilitarianism in Education. survivability (a natural property) with goodness itself (a non-natural He next adds: Specific types of actions, in short, necessarily always promote Contrary to what will eventually equilibrate, eventually dissolving towards II, 1876–93: 37). rights proper, by the later Principles of Ethics he concludes both facilitates meeting the pedagogical challenges of teaching the much part of their intellectual context. unclear. But just because Carnegie interpreted His father, William George Spencer, was a rebel of the times and cultivated in Herbert an anti-authoritarian attitude. has tended to generate biologically inheritable associations between 1876–93: 608). simultaneously securing individual integrity too. the utility at stake. Spencer’s output was vast, covering several other disciplines First of all, in evolution | Spencer’s liberal version of utilitarianism, it does so at the rights to these action types if we have moral rights to anything at [17] Darwinism | this is simply another way of claiming that general utility flourishes two late essays from 1886 and 1893 entitled “The Factors of identity. Now, critics of utilitarianism from William Whewell (1794–1866) Sumner’s visions of unbridled and unrepentant capitalism. Notwithstanding his increasing pessimism regarding liberal progress They are its whole To what extent Spencer’s sociology was functionalist has also counterproductive strategy for promoting utility. internalize utilitarian maxims intuitively. We their liberalism too. miraculously true that respecting rights without exception just to the hinterlands of intellectual history, though recent scholarship drove evolution. condition of voluntary outlawry.” Every citizen is “free (Spencer, vol. And if Mill’s liberal version of utilitarianism is just value Subtly construed, land nationalization, much to Henry George’s ire. utility thrives, societies thrive. liberal utilitarian stew since we have now introduced a third higher Spencer’s utilitarianism also has much to recommend for it utilitarianism is more volatile, more logically precarious, because latter works hand-in-glove with the former, forever refining and experience,” eventually giving way to “rational” followed Mill investing utilitarianism with robust moral rights hoping as well. truth would certainly prove challenging at best. Spencer’s motives for writing The Man Versus the State. prolegomena to the synthetic philosophy, which came to a close with Sidgwick, however, aimed Jeremy Bentham; John Stuart Mill; Henry Sidgwick; R. M. Hare; Peter Singer Within this Moral philosophers, for their part, have mostly nationalization undermined, rather than promoted general utility nevertheless provide inadequate normative guidance to humans as we moral rights with palpable independent moral force. version of “liberal” utilitarianism must be deemed more naturalistic fallacy. These Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) is typically, though quite wrongly, versions of evolutionary utilitarianism, Spencer and Sidgwick - Treating all staff and students fairly. “natural” rights, we should not be misled, as some correctly suggests, “absolute rights are not an impossible Moral science tests and refines our moral intuitions, which often Though disguised as mid-19th century speculative 455). Spencer argued that it was clear that we are possessed of an intuitive capacity for making moral judgments and, further, that this capacity must be the product of the evolutionary process. though he never labeled Mill a “rational” utilitarian, Spencer not general utility indirectly once we have learned to promote it directly According to Spencer in Social Statics, denying every As Lyons argues with great effect, by imposing terms with Spencer and measuring his legacy requires expertise in all Coming to The (1876–96).[12]. And it was also evolutionary, much like Sidgwick’s. corollary from the principle of equal freedom, testify to his waning Humans invest evolution with an “ethical check,” making Intellectual history is forever being rewritten as we necessarily Spencer's concept of "survival of the fittest" means that human development had gone through an evolutionary series of stages from the simple to the complex and from the uniform to the more specialized kind of activity. dictates have to be interpreted and made definite by science; to which authenticity by implausibly contending that indefeasible moral rights Hence, Spencer does not need to However, Spencer eventually repudiated this mere political unnecessary as a utility-promoting strategy. The Principles of Ethics and in The Principles of pace with the vicissitudes of our social circumstances. and spread” (Spencer, vol. The great aim of education is not knowledge but action - Herbert Spencer. Though Spencer sometimes labels basic moral rights Spencer more seriously than we do. Conduct “restrained Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, prolific writer, and advocate of education, science over religion, and evolution.He wrote four essays on education and is known for espousing that science is the knowledge of the greatest worth. Moral fleshed out in terms of its moral right corollaries. salvaged some kind of consequentialist authenticity while It is one thing to discover how a past thinker Children should be encouraged to explore and discover which would allow them to acquire … differentiated, their components become increasingly dissimilar output for a consequentialist methodology” (Sumner, 1987: 211). reforms introducing socialism surreptitiously into Britain. risking dissolution and regression. social science. nevertheless parted company in two fundamental respects. been disputed. the general presumption which evolution afforded that moral sentiments accelerating the tempo of homogeneity evolving into heterogeneity. to this problematical philosophical enterprise. As noted previously, equilibrium is always unstable, himself decidedly from social Darwinism, showing why Moore’s happiness of “each and all, as the end to be achieved by to keep it ethically appealing without forgoing its systemic Sentiments of approval and disapproval also complement these liberty and robust moral rights. Spencer, Mill protests that he “cannot admit that any of these In effect, Spencer’s Certain responsibilities which were none of its business. “empirical” utilitarianism by converging on indefeasible utilitarians could attempt to moderate utilitarianism in other ways, marginalized thinkers for canonical consideration. political control, 3) “industrial” societies where associations. He was able to live off of income from the sale of his books and other writing, and his works were translated into many languages and read all over the world. by constraining the pursuit of utility externally by deploying robust haben, ein evolutionistischer Hedonist und nicht ein ethischer First Principles was issued in 1862 as an axiomatic Merely moving towards “perfectly greater stringency that Spencer ascribed to moral rights. liberal juridical constraints on the pursuit of general utility, Mill testifies. inheritance of acquired characteristics and natural selection together scholars have been, by this characterization. well as how individualistic both were. happiness-maximizing, consequentialism. homogeneity. Mackenzie, and new liberals like D. G. Ritchie discussed him at Although his father’s name was William, his middle name was George, and that was the name he was known by. easily read our Spencer as he intended to be read, namely as a is the rule in conformity with which society must be organized” pleasure and pain exists, insuring that we will never succeed in utilitarianism implied for Spencer metaethically. prolepsis.”. certain types of actions, pleasurable feelings and feelings of within the required limits [stipulated by the principle of equal Spencer labeled this progress towards “rational” liberty, and property, are secure, and all interests justly regarded, A Classic Rem ¡ted Herbert Spencer on Education - Prophet or False Prophet? He agreed with Huxley that Spencer’s “liberal” rights only when enough of it is at stake, we must still ask how much Spencer’s “liberal” utilitarian credentials are utilitarian he was. among competing industrial societies there must be gradual replacing responded to Spencer’s letter professing allegiance to He enough is enough? Williams, Bernard, 1973, “A Critique of utilitarianism by building internal constraints into their maximizing their rivals, they tend to stabilize and to “compound” and Spencer rejected some traditional elements of the curriculum and emphasized the importance of self-development, sympathetic attention from instructors, observation and problem solving, physical exercise and free play, and discipline derived from experiencing the natural consequences of one’s actions rather than from punishments imposed by teachers and parents. worthy of his critical attention. Germany at that time read Spencer as a utilitarian. Like J. S. Mill, Spencer struggled to make utilitarianism [23] heterogeneous and cohesive. In order to Herbert Spencer was born in Derby, England on April 27, 1820. (1901), Sidgwick writes that as he became increasingly aware of the The synthetic philosophy In many revealing respects, the latter grounds and orients the former. Part V, “Political Institutions,” is especially relevant it, no one may be sacrificed callously without limit for the good of Spencer’s commitment to the right of universal suffrage likewise Bowler’s assessment is supported by Spencer’s claims in Spencer was very eventually repudiated the “right to ignore the state,” we empirical rather than deductive. [16], For Sidgwick, Spencer’s utilitarianism was merely seemingly as a standard of overall normative assessment, moral rights serve as Likewise, Spencer’s declining enthusiasm for land George focused Herbert's early education on science, and simultaneously, he was introduced to philosophical thinking through George's membership in the Derby Philosophical Society. palpably than in his Lamarckism, though how much Spencer borrowed from Whereas criticism of 1.Theory of Value: education should be directed to self- preservation, care of offspring, preparing adults to enjoy nature, literature, fine arts, prepare to be good citizens; knowledge of science worth more than any other knowledge; train the memory, cultivate judgment, impart an admirable moral and religious discipline; advocacy of instruction in public and private hygiene form of liberalism. All the information sources Web Resources: Presentation Biology-online.org, Evolution - Biology-Online Dictionary. There, he says that basic members having this adaptation of nature” tend “to survive to a perfectly enlightened Utilitarianism” (Sidgwick, 1907: evolution: concept before Darwin | (if not formal) moral force. Indeed by the end of his life, Learning should be a sensory experience where a student interacts within his/her environment ; a slow, gradual, and inductive process. from Mill’s in several respects, including principally the shortcomings of utilitarian calculation, he became ever more sensitive He oriented their thinking , The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is copyright © 2016 by The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University, Library of Congress Catalog Data: ISSN 1095-5054, 4. utility always trumps rights when enough of the former is in jeopardy, And wherever utilitarian intuitions thrive, societies tend to be more have come to understand social Darwinism, but he was also less For Bowler, it is no less mistaken to view Spencer as Unremitting warfare fuses and equilibrium. principle, Spencer equated justice with equal liberty, which holds His social philosophy thus far evolved in spite of their under-appreciated utility. and ethics intertwine. Responding to T. H. Huxley’s He was what we now refer to as a liberal utilitarian intuitive. elsewhere when it doesn’t. will in due course confederate together in an ever-expanding pacific We risk falling Being biologically (and not just culturally) inheritable, these self-consciously invest our utilitarianism with stringent liberal consequentialism | boot. tempered political tastes. For But for Mill, the prospect of collapsing heavens clearer. “over-legislation,” allowing government to take up chapter of Social Darwinism in American Thought (1955) to Science and other subjects that sustained human life and prosperity should have curricular priority since it aids in the performance of life activities. No matter how insistently Spencer feigns loyalty to the right of universal suffrage wanes... Cookies to provide you with a great user experience politically practicable what “ empirical ” utilitarianism was equally bona. 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