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Historia de La Idea de Progreso

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Esta investigación establece un parentesco entre las ideas de Providencia y Redención de la tradición cristiana y las ideas de progreso, pero va incluso más atrás para localizar primeras concepciones de progreso en el mundo clásico griego. Nisbet considera que el ideal de progreso entra en crisis con la decandencia de la religiosidad en la segunda mitad del siglo xx, tratá...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Gedisa (first published June 10th 1980)
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Published in 1980. Unlike some authors, Nisbet traces the idea of progress all the way back to the Greeks, with major contributions made by St. Augustine and others in the ancient and medieval world. In fact he devotes almost half the book to presenting the thoughts on progress by ancient and medieval thinkers. Moreover, so far he's the only historian of the idea of progress that I've read who places at least some emphasis on the contributions of Adam Smith and the American founders.

Nisbet rema...more
I think this book is out of print now, but it's a pretty amazing overview of "progress"

It's fascinating to read about the development of an idea that we've taken as inevitable culturally.

That was a shitty sentence. Oh well. I'll edit in a bit. I have lots more to say about this book.

Ak Hauck
Very interesting read. Nisbet attributes ideas to Augustine that rightfully ought to be given to Scripture, but does credit Augustine with being the font of Western philosophy hence forward.
Bill Easterly
Amazing how idea of progress goes back to Greeks and Romans -- had the idea that progress was natural before there WAS much progress of any kind! One of the best history of idea books ever!
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American sociologist, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of California, Riverside and as the Albert Schweitzer Professor at Columbia University.
After serving in the US Army during World War II, when he was stationed on Saipan in the Pacific theatre, Nisbet founded the Department of Sociology at Berkeley, and was briefly Chairman. Nisbet left an e...more
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