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  1. Herbert Spencer's Principles of Sociology : A Centennial Retrospective and Appraisal.Robert L. Carneiro & Robert G. Perrin - 2002 - Annals of Science 59 (3):221-261.
    On the occasion of its recent centennial, we trace the remarkable history of Herbert Spencer's 2,240 page Principles of Sociology , the most inductive, systematic, and comprehensive study of human society ever attempted. Spencer's bold aim was to establish empirically and then to explain (after the manner of the natural sciences) the 'relations of co-existence and sequence' among social phenomena. The database ('mass of evidence') required was so vast that it was published as a separate work, some eight folio volumes (...)
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