Progress and Its Discontents

Progress and Its Discontents




Events of the past two decades have challenged many of the fundamental beliefs, institutions, and values of modern western culture—the culture of "progress." Are science and technology really progressive and beneficial? Have they led to the enhancement of welfare, greater hapiness, and moral immprovement? I s the continued growth of material productivity possible? Desirable? Are the institutions of progress viable?

Progress and Its Discontents assembles the views on progress of some of America's leading humanists, scientists, and social scientists. Citing disappointed expectations of progress in spheres from science to morals and politics, and the many problems created or left untouched by progress, the editors conclude that the term no longer refers to "an inevitable sequence of improvements" but rather to "an aspiration and compelling obligation."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520054479
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/17/1985
Pages: 550

Table of Contents

Nannerl O. Keohane
Georg G. Iggers
Alfred G. Meyer
Crawford Young
Francisco J. Ayala
John T. Edsall
Gerald Fenberg
Bernard D. Davis
Gerald Holton
Marc J. Roberts
H. Stuart Hughes
Moses Abramovitz
Harvey Brooks
Nathan Rosenberg
Hollis B. Chenery
Gianfranco Poggi
Aaron Wildavsky
G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
Samuel H. Barnes
Steven Marcus
Murray Krieger
Robert C. Elliott
Martin E. Marty
Daniel Bell
Frederick A. Olafson

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