The Man Versus The State, with Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom
By Herbert Spencer
The Man Versus The State by Herbert Spencer was originally published in 1884 by Williams and Norgate, London and Edinburgh. The book consisted of four articles which had been published in
Contemporary Review for February, April, May, June, and July of 1884. For collection in book form, Spencer added a Preface and a Postscript. In 1892 the book was reissued with the addition of a few notes in reply to criticism of the first edition…. [From the Publisher’s Note]
First Pub. Date
Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, Inc.
Foreword by Eric Mack. Introduction by Albert Jay Nock is not available online. Essays published 1843-1891.
Portions of this edited edition are under copyright. Picture of Herbert Spencer courtesy of The Warren J. Samuels Portrait Collection at Duke University.
- Publishers Note
- Foreword, by Eric Mack
- Introduction, by Alfred Jay Nock
- Authors Preface
- The New Toryism
- The Coming Slavery
- The Sins of Legislators
- The Great Political Superstition
- Essay: The Proper Sphere of Government
- Essay: Over-Legislation
- Essay: Representative Government--What is it Good For
- Essay: The Social Organism
- Essay: Specialized Administration
- Essay: From Freedom to Bondage
THE MAN VERSUS THE STATE
Westminster Review for April, 1860, contained an article entitled “Parliamentary Reform: the Dangers and the Safeguards.” In that article I ventured to predict some results of political changes then proposed.
Contemporary Review for February, April, May, June and July of this year. To meet certain criticisms and to remove some of the objections likely to be raised, I have now added a postscript.
An Autobiography of Herbert Spencer 2 volumes (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1904); and D. Duncan’s
Life and Letters of Herbert Spencer 2 volumes (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908). D. Wiltshire’s
The Social and Political Thought of Herbert Spencer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978) is the most systematic on the topic. It is personally sympathetic, highly informative, but too conventional in its own theoretical perspective and evaluation.
The Principles of Ethics (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1978) ii p. 87. Yet in 1888 Spencer was still attacking conscription as the natural product of militarism and as an unjust imposition on the “working classes.” Duncan, i, pp. 380-391.
The Man Versus the State: The Coming Slavery