Bernard Lightman: Herbert Spencer and His Disciples

Herbert Spencer, a Victorian philosopher, biologist, and sociologist, was one of the first exponent of evolutionary theory. In his lifetime Spencer became a leading authority amongst academics of the time, and even today his ideas still retain relevance.

On this CJSR Edition Short, Dr. Bernard Lightman — a York University professor and leading expert on the tensions that arose between the scientific enterprise and religion during the 19th century — presents his keynote address focuses on the writings and evolutionary theories of Herbert Spencer.