Zitate von Herbert Spencer

Herbert Spencer Foto
0  0

Herbert Spencer

Geburtstag:27. April 1820
Todesdatum:8. Dezember 1903

Herbert Spencer war ein englischer Philosoph und Soziologe. Als erster wandte er die Evolutionstheorie auf die gesellschaftliche Entwicklung an und begründete damit das Paradigma des Evolutionismus, das oft als Vorläufer des Sozialdarwinismus angesehen wird.

Zitate Herbert Spencer

„[L]et us not overlook the further great fact, that not only does science underlie sculpture, painting, music, poetry, but that science is itself poetic. The current opinion that science and poetry are opposed is a delusion.... On the contrary science opens up realms of poetry where to the unscientific all is a blank. Those engaged in scientific researches constantly show us that they realize not less vividly, but more vividly, than others, the poetry of their subjects. Whoever will dip into's works on geology, or read Mr.'s “Seaside Studies,” will perceive that science excites poetry rather than extinguishes it. And whoever will contemplate the life ofwill see that the poet and the man of science can co-exist in equal activity. Is it not, indeed, an absurd and almost a sacrilegious belief that the more a man studies Nature the less he reveres it? Think you that a drop of water, which to the vulgar eye is but a drop of water, loses anything in the eye of the physicist who knows that its elements are held together by a force which, if suddenly liberated, would produce a flash of lightning? Think you that what is carelessly looked upon by the uninitiated as a mere snow-flake, does not suggest higher associations to one who has seen through a microscope the wondrously varied and elegant forms of snow-crystals? Think you that the rounded rock marked with parallel scratches calls up as much poetry in an ignorant mind as in the mind of a geologist, who knows that over this rock a glacier slid a million years ago? The truth is, that those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded. Whoever has not in youth collected plants and insects, knows not half the halo of interest which lanes and hedge-rows can assume. Whoever has not sought for fossils, has little idea of the poetical associations that surround the places where imbedded treasures were found. Whoever at the seaside has not had a microscope and aquarium, has yet to learn what the highest pleasures of the seaside are. Sad, indeed, is it to see how men occupy themselves with trivialities, and are indifferent to the grandest phenomena—care not to understand the architecture of the universe, but are deeply interested in some contemptible controversy about the intrigues of Mary Queen of Scots!—are learnedly critical over a Greek ode, and pass by without a glance that grand epic... upon the strata of the Earth!“

— Herbert Spencer

Nächster
Die heutige Jubiläen
Reinhold Krause1
deutscher Religionspädagoge sowie rassistisch-antisemitis... 1893 - 1980
Wolfgang Thierse Foto
Wolfgang Thierse2
deutscher Politiker (SPD), MdV, MdB 1943
Fritz Steinhoff1
deutscher Politiker, MdL, MdB, Ministerpräsident 1897 - 1969
Gottlob König3
deutscher Forstwissenschaftler 1779 - 1849
Weitere 6 heute Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Herbert Marcuse Foto
Herbert Marcuse10
deutsch-amerikanischer Philosoph und Soziologe
Michel Foucault Foto
Michel Foucault7
französischer Philosoph
Georges Ohsawa Foto
Georges Ohsawa2
japanischer Philosoph, Gründer der makrobiotischen Ernähr...
Thomas Hobbes Foto
Thomas Hobbes11
englischer Mathematiker, Staatstheoretiker und Philosoph
John Locke Foto
John Locke10
englischer Philosoph und Vordenker der Aufklärung
Theodor W. Adorno Foto
Theodor W. Adorno14
deutscher Philosoph, Soziologe, Musiktheoretiker und Komp...
William McDougall Foto
William McDougall6
englisch-amerikanischer Psychologe
Max Stirner Foto
Max Stirner32
deutscher Philosoph
Charles Dickens Foto
Charles Dickens9
englischer Schriftsteller
 Sting Foto
Sting17
englischer Musiker