Nisbet provides a through analysis of the idea of progress starts with greeks philosophy and ends with modern environmentalism covers augustine thomas aquinas erasmus bacon decarte puritians leibniz adam smith mill saint simon the german idealists marx comte spengler etc many receive numerous pages. The idea of a necessary movement of history is preserved but from the reversed point of view history is interpreted not as constant progression but as inevitable regression specific or generalized in fact a tendency towards decline or decadence appears as unverifiable as one towards progress. We will take a brief look at the history of the idea of progress over the past 2800 years and then turn to a couple of appropriate disciplines from the sciences to see if the facts support the progression or regression of mankind history of the idea of progress like everyone else historians are biased by their educational background. In history of the idea of progress robert nisbet traces the idea of progress from its origins in greek roman and medieval civilizations to modern times it is a masterful frame of reference for understanding the present world nisbet asserts there are two fundamental building blocks necessary to western doctrines of human advancement the idea of growth and the idea of necessity he sees
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