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Progress : fact or illusion?

Author: Leo Marx; Bruce Mazlish
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1996.
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Progress, perhaps the fundamental secular belief of modern Western society, has come under heavy fire recently because, after three centuries, the advances in science and technology seem increasingly to bring problems in their wake: alienation, environmental degradation, the threat of nuclear destruction. The idea of progress is also brought into question by postmodern critique, attacking the notion of science as
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Progress.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)654287421
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Marx; Bruce Mazlish
ISBN: 0472106767 9780472106769
OCLC Number: 33971872
Description: x, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Bruce Mazlish and Leo Marx --
Science and Progress Revisited / Gerald Holton --
Progress: A Historical and Critical Perspective / Bruce Mazlish --
Medicine and the Idea of Progress / Leon Eisenberg --
Rousseau Redux, or Historical Reflections on the Ambivalence of Anthropology to the Idea of Progress / George W. Stocking, Jr. --
The Economic View of Progress / Robert Heilbroner --
A Political Assessment of Progress / Alan Ryan --
Feminist Views of Progress / Jill Ker Conway --
The Nature of Progress: Progress and the Environment / Richard White --
Particular, Universal, and Infinite: Transcending Western Centrism and Cultural Relativism in the Third World / Zhiyuan Cui --
"Progress": Illegitimate Child of Judeo-Christian Universalism and Western Ethnocentrism --
A Third World Critique / Ali A. Mazrui --
Denying the Holy Dark: The Enlightenment Ideal and the European Mystical Tradition / John M. Staudenmaier.
Responsibility: edited by Leo Marx and Bruce Mazlish.
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Progress, perhaps the fundamental secular belief of modern Western society, has come under heavy fire recently because, after three centuries, the advances in science and technology seem increasingly to bring problems in their wake: alienation, environmental degradation, the threat of nuclear destruction. The idea of progress is also brought into question by postmodern critique, attacking the notion of science as truth. Yet no other meaningful organization of humankind's sense of time looms on the horizon. Progress: Fact or Illusion? attempts to reassess the meaning and prospects of the idea of progress.

Looking toward the millennium, the volume seeks to evaluate the idea's worth both in theory - is it intellectually viable and defensible today? - and practice - even if theoretically defensible, is the idea undermined in actual life? Approaching these questions from the perspectives of science, anthropology, economics, religion, political philosophy, feminism, medicine, environmental studies, and the Third World, the contributors, all distinguished scholars, provide a unique and critical balance.

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