After Progress: Finding the Old Way Forward

After Progress: Finding the Old Way Forward

by Anthony O'Hear
     
 

An important, bold challenge to our attitude toward progress.

As we stand on the brink of the third millennium, we are very much in thrall to the idea that civilization is moving forward in a progressive direction, and that overall in the world things are getting better. In After Progress, philosopher Anthony O'Hear argues that we need to temper

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An important, bold challenge to our attitude toward progress.

As we stand on the brink of the third millennium, we are very much in thrall to the idea that civilization is moving forward in a progressive direction, and that overall in the world things are getting better. In After Progress, philosopher Anthony O'Hear argues that we need to temper our optimism and self-assurance, that progress has not been attained without some loss. The gains of the past two or three centuries, particularly in the fields of science and democratic politics, have resulted in losses in areas once thought of as allied to religion, such as art, education, morality and philosophy. O'Hear asks the basic question: why does it seem there are more unhappy people today in the US and in Britain when we are living in a time of unprecedented individual affluence, health and human rights? O'Hear sets out to find out how we might re-examine our lives of progress by looking back on what we have learned from the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers of the past.

After Progress serves as an introduction to the ideas of major thinkers from Plato to Wittgenstein, as well as providing a new way to think about the present, by not ignoring the lessons from the past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582340401
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Bryan Appleyard
A vital, necessary and erudite expos� of one of the most dangerous and inhuman illusions of our age. Anthony O'Hear has much to teach us�if we are still capable of learning.
—(Bryan Appleyard)
Melanie Phillips
Anthony O'Hear lays out with clarity and passion the tragedy of an age which has sacrificed its humanity on the altar of scientific progress. Profound and erudite, his book is a timely warning of the humility needed now to protect the crowning achievement of the human spirit.
—(Melanie Phillips)

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