Progress and the Quest for Meaning: A Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1993 - History - 226 pages
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There has been a surprising absence of a general philosophical overview of progress as a method of articulating human meaning. This book attempts to fill this gap.
 

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Contents

Preface
8
Introduction
9
The Historical Background of Modern Progressivism
23
The Religious Background of Modern Progressivism
25
Early Modern Elements of Progressivism
47
Progress and Equality Some NineteenthCentury Doubts
61
The Idea of Progress and the Problem of Meaning in Modernity
85
Introduction
87
The Pursuit of Truth and the Possession of Truth The Question of Culture in Modernity
89
Competitive Means and Universal Ends Progress and Morality
125
Technology and Nature
154
Moderate Radicalism
179
Notes
213
Bibliography
220
Index
225
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