History Of The Idea Of Progress

Author: Robert Nisbet
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The idea of progress from the Enlightenment to postmodernism is still very much with us. In intellectual discourse, journals, popular magazines, and radio and talk shows, the debate between those who are "progressivists" and those who are "declinists" is as spirited as it was in the late seventeenth century. In History of the Idea of Progress, Robert Nisbet traces the idea of progress from its origins in Greek, Roman, and medieval civilizations to modern times. It is a masterful frame of reference for understanding the present world. Nisbet asserts there are two fundamental building blocks necessary to Western doctrines of human advancement: the idea of growth, and the idea of necessity. He sees Christianity as a key element in both secular and spiritual evolution, for it conveys all the ingredients of the modern idea of progress: the advancement of the human race in time, a single time frame for all the peoples and epochs of the past and present, the conception of time as linear, and the envisagement of the future as having a Utopian end. In his new introduction, Nisbet shows why the idea of progress remains of critical importance to studies of social evolution and natural history. He provides a contemporary basis for many disciplines, including sociology, economics, philosophy, religion, politics, and science. History of the Idea of Progress continues to be a major resource for scholars in all these areas.

History And The Idea Of Progress

Author: Arthur M. Melzer
Editor: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501744674
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The publication of Francis Fukuyama's article, "The End of History?" prompted a wave of public debates about democracy, progress, and the idea of history. In this book, twelve distinguished cultural commentators offer a brilliant array of responses to those debates. Fukuyama's controversial essay had considered whether Western-style democracy might be the endpoint of an inevitable historical development. For the present volume, the chapters—none of which has appeared elsewhere—include both a keynote chapter by Fukuyama and a series of spirited alternatives to his position. Additional essays examine the historical and philosophical origins of the idea of history that lies behind today's perspectives on progress and politics.

The Idea Of Progress

Author: Sidney Pollard
Editor: Penguin Group
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The Idea Of Progress In Eighteenth Century Britain

Author: David Spadafora
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300046717
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The idea of progress stood at the very center of the intellectual world of eighteenth-century Britain, closely linked to every major facet of the British Enlightenment as well as to the economic revolutions of the period. Drawing on hundreds of eighteenth-century books and pamphlets, David Spadafora here provides the most extensive discussion ever written of this prevailing sense of historical optimism.

The Idea Of Progress

Author: J. B. Bury
Editor: e-artnow
ISBN: 8027303206
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"We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no more than an idolum saeculi, the animating and controlling idea of western civilisation." Contents: Some Interpretations of Universal History: Bodin and Le Roy Utility the End of Knowledge: Bacon Cartesianism The Doctrine of Degeneration: the Ancients and Moderns The Progress of Knowledge: Fontenelle The General Progress of Man: Abbe De Saint-Pierre New Conceptions of History: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Turgot The Encyclopaedists and Economists Was Civilisation a Mistake? Rousseau, Chastellux The Year 2440 The French Revolution: Condorcet The Theory of Progress in England German Speculations on Progress Currents of Thought in France After the Revolution The Search for a Law of Progress: "Progress" in the French Revolutionary Movement (1830-1851) Material Progress: the Exhibition of 1851 Progress in the Light of Evolution

History Of The Idea Of Progress

Author: Robert A. Nisbet
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The Idea Of Progress Since The Renaissance

Author: W. Warren Wagar
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The Idea Of Progress

Author: Arnold Burgen
Editor: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 3110820420
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The Idea Of Progress

Author: John Bagnell Bury
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The Idea Of Progress

Author: J. B. Bury
Editor: Aeterna Classics
ISBN: 3964542210
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We may believe in the doctrine of Progress or we may not, but in either case it is a matter of interest to examine the origins and trace the history of what is now, even should it ultimately prove to be no more than an idolum saeculi, the animating and controlling idea of western civilisation. For the earthly Progress of humanity is the general test to which social aims and theories are submitted as a matter of course.

The Idea Of Progress

Author: Frederick John Teggart
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"Selected bibliography": p. 457.

A Brief Reevaluation Of The History Of The Idea Of Progress In Regard To Social Philosophy And Sociology

Author: Steven J. Kurtz
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History Of The Idea Of Progress

Author: Robert A. Nisbet
Editor: Transaction Publishers
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Progress Unchained

Author: Peter J. Bowler
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108842550
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Bowler traces ideas about progress using evolutionary biology to throw light on parallel changes in the understanding of social development.

History And The Idea Of Progress

Author: Arthur M. Melzer
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The Strange Persistence Of Universal History In Political Thought

Author: Brett Bowden
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319524100
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This book explores and explains the reasons why the idea of universal history, a form of teleological history which holds that all peoples are travelling along the same path and destined to end at the same point, persists in political thought. Prominent in Western political thought since the middle of the eighteenth century, the idea of universal history holds that all peoples can be situated in the narrative of history on a continuum between a start and an end point, between the savage state of nature and civilized modernity. Despite various critiques, the underlying teleological principle still prevails in much contemporary thinking and policy planning, including post-conflict peace-building and development theory and practice. Anathema to contemporary ideals of pluralism and multiculturalism, universal history means that not everyone gets to write their own story, only a privileged few. For the rest, history and future are taken out of their hands, subsumed and assimilated into other people’s narrative.

The History Of Philosophy And The Idea Of Progress

Author: Ronald Clark Lee
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The History Of Philosophy And The Idea Of Progress

Author: Donald Clark Lee
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David Hume And The Idea Of Progress

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A Short History Of Progress

Author: Ronald Wright
Editor: Canongate Books
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From Neanderthal man to the Sumerians to the Roman Empire, "A Short History of Progress" dissects the cyclical nature of humanity's development and demise, the 10,000-year-old experiment that people have unleashed but have yet to control.