History and Progress: In Search of the European and American Mind
Praeger, 1989 - 442 páginas
The idea of progress forms the core History and Progress. Mathiopoulos shows that faith in progress and the desire for a better world have been the major stimuli for historical change in the modern world. She describes how Europe gave birth to this idea and throughout history became largely disenchanted with it. In contrast, the United States inherited this concept and has utilized it for over 200 years to maintain its sense of identity and self-awareness. History and Progress explains not only how the idea of progress inspired the founding of America, but how the concept provides momentum for the historical development of the nation to the present. In short, the 'American Dream' preserved the progressive optimism projected by the Enlightenment in the United States, even when it had since disappeared from European historical thought.
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PHILOSOPHICAL DECADENCE AND POLITICAL IDEOLOGIZATION 45 The nineteenth - century sky was still bright with the guiding stars of freedom , equality , fraternity , justice , reason , and truth , but the brightness of their light blinded ...
This change was completed in the nineteenth century , when the discrepancy between scientific achievements and philosophical knowledge expanded , ensconced itself in a nihilistic atmosphere , and thus allowed the classical dialogue ...
371 372 These examples reflect the British attitude toward America in the nineteenth century , which explains the acute sensitivity of Americans to English judgments . This " special " love - hate relationship was expressed in a number ...
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