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The Possibility of Progress: A Pragmatist Account

The Possibility of Progress: A Pragmatist Account John McGowan The sins attributed to the idea, or ideology, of progress ourselves of the deep connection between the notion of progress are legion. Conceptually, in Marx or in the eyes of various and the whole concept of "the modern." As a temporal term, nineteenth-century liberal optimists, progress was associated modernity implies a before and an after. Nothing is modern if nothing is premodern. A change must have occurred. Life is not with inevitability and holism. All of history was of one piece and that history was moving inexorably toward a final consumlived now as it was then. Of course, the modern may be worse than the premodern, so it may not be progress, since that term mation of the good. Everything imperfect would yield, in due entails improvement. But the arrival of the modern is very often course, to perfection. Nothing in particular needed to be done understood as inexorable--and modernity is also very often by human hands. Necessity itself would do the job for us. We understood holistically. True, "development" on the ground is need only ride the escalator of history to utopia. World War I, uneven, but there has been a strong it is generally http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

The Possibility of Progress: A Pragmatist Account

The Good Society , Volume 17 (1) – Sep 20, 2008

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John McGowan The sins attributed to the idea, or ideology, of progress ourselves of the deep connection between the notion of progress are legion. Conceptually, in Marx or in the eyes of various and the whole concept of "the modern." As a temporal term, nineteenth-century liberal optimists, progress was associated modernity implies a before and an after. Nothing is modern if nothing is premodern. A change must have occurred. Life is not with inevitability and holism. All of history was of one piece and that history was moving inexorably toward a final consumlived now as it was then. Of course, the modern may be worse than the premodern, so it may not be progress, since that term mation of the good. Everything imperfect would yield, in due entails improvement. But the arrival of the modern is very often course, to perfection. Nothing in particular needed to be done understood as inexorable--and modernity is also very often by human hands. Necessity itself would do the job for us. We understood holistically. True, "development" on the ground is need only ride the escalator of history to utopia. World War I, uneven, but there has been a strong it is generally

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The Good SocietyPenn State University Press

Published: Sep 20, 2008

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