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The Idea of Progress

By Bury, John Bagnell

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Title: The Idea of Progress  
Author: Bury, John Bagnell
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Preface: 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 phrase CIVILISATION AND PROGRESS has become stereotyped, and illustrates how we have come to judge a civilisation good or bad according as it is or is not progressive. The ideals of liberty and democracy, which have their own ancient and independent justifications, have sought a new strength by attaching themselves to Progress. The conjunctions of ?liberty and progress,? ?democracy and progress,? meet us at every turn. Socialism, at an early stage of its modern development, sought the same aid. The friends of Mars, who cannot bear the prospect of perpetual peace, maintain that war is an indispensable instrument of Progress. It is in the name of Progress that the doctrinaires who established the present reign of terror in Russia profess to act. All this shows the prevalent feeling that a social or political theory or programme is hardly tenable if it cannot claim that it harmonises with this controlling idea.

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Table of Contents: The Idea of Progress, 1 -- J.B. Bury, 1 -- Preface, 1 -- Introduction, 3 -- Chapter I. SOME INTERPRETATIONS OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY: BODIN AND LE ROY18 -- Chapter II. UTILITY THE END OF KNOWLEDGE: BACON, 22 -- Chapter III. CARTESIANISM, 28 -- Chapter IV. THE DOCTRINE OF DEGENERATION: THE ANCIENTS AND MODERNS, 33 -- Chapter V. THE PROGRESS OF KNOWLEDGE: FONTENELLE, 41 -- Chapter VI. THE GENERAL PROGRESS OF MAN: ABBE DE SAINT?PIERRE, 51 -- Chapter VII. NEW CONCEPTIONS OF HISTORY: MONTESQUIEU, VOLTAIRE, TURGOT7 -- Chapter VIII. THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS AND ECONOMISTS, 63 -- Chapter IX. WAS CIVILISATION A MISTAKE? ROUSSEAU, CHASTELLUX, 70 -- Chapter X. THE YEAR 2440, 75 -- Chapter XI. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION: CONDORCET, 79 -- Chapter XII. THE THEORY OF PROGRESS IN ENGLAND, 85 -- Chapter XIII. GERMAN SPECULATIONS ON PROGRESS, 93 -- Chapter XIV. CURRENTS OF THOUGHT IN FRANCE AFTER THE REVOLUTION, 102 -- Chapter XV. THE SEARCH FOR A LAW OF PROGRESS:, 109 -- Chapter XVI. THE SEARCH FOR A LAW OF PROGRESS: II. COMTE, 113 -- Chapter XVII. PROGRESS IN THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT (1830?128251) -- Chapter XVIII. MATERIAL PROGRESS: THE EXHIBITION OF 1851, 127 -- Chapter XIX. PROGRESS IN THE LIGHT OF EVOLUTION, 132 -- EPILOGUE, 138

 

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