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The Resource Progress : a reconstruction, Peter Wagner

Progress : a reconstruction, Peter Wagner

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Progress : a reconstruction
Title
Progress
Title remainder
a reconstruction
Statement of responsibility
Peter Wagner
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The idea of progress guided human expectations and actions for over two centuries. From the Enlightenment onwards, it was widely believed that the condition of humankind could be radically improved. History had embarked on an unstoppable forward trajectory, realizing the promise of freedom and reason. The scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the French Revolution, in some views also the socialist revolution, were milestones on this march of progress. But since the late twentieth century the idea of progress has largely disappeared from public debate. Sometimes it has been explicitly declared dead. The wide horizon of future possibilities has closed. The best we can hope for, some say, is to avoid regress. What happened to progress? Why did we stop believing in it, if indeed we did? This book offers answers to these questions. It reviews both the conceptual history of progress and the social and political experiences with progress over the past two centuries, and it comes to a surprising conclusion: The idea of progress was misconceived from its beginnings, and the failure of progress in practice was a result of this flawed conception. The experiences of the past half century, in turn, has allowed us to rethink progress in a more adequate way. Rather than the end of progress, they may herald the beginning of a new, reconstructed idea of progress.--
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1956 September 18-
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Wagner, Peter
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Progress
  • Social change
Label
Progress : a reconstruction, Peter Wagner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-165) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The withering away of progress -- Progress as mechanism: the epistemic-economic complex -- Progress as struggle under conditions of ambivalence -- The idea of progress revisited -- The past half century -- Possible progress today
Control code
FIEb17790220
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 171 pages
Isbn
9780745691008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932093201
Label
Progress : a reconstruction, Peter Wagner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-165) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The withering away of progress -- Progress as mechanism: the epistemic-economic complex -- Progress as struggle under conditions of ambivalence -- The idea of progress revisited -- The past half century -- Possible progress today
Control code
FIEb17790220
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 171 pages
Isbn
9780745691008
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)932093201

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