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An Autobiography

Nature volume 70, pages 265266 (21 July 1904) | Download Citation



A GREAT and peculiar interest attaches to these volumes, because in them Herbert Spencer has displayed the steps of the evolution in his own mind of that great scheme of universal evolution which has so profoundly affected modern thought, and has described the mental characteristics that conduced to the conception and the working out of that scheme. Spencer was peculiarly well fitted for the task of self-revelation, and it may safely be said that never before have the mental processes by which a great thinker has produced a vast system of conceptions been so clearly exposed.

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