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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40 The liberal , pluralist concept of society and state as well as that of a rational , optimistic desire for freedom and a sense of progress made their breakthrough — as the basic philosophies behind modern liberal democracy – in the ...
Fifth , it is questionable whether the ambiguities of scientific freedom can or should be controlled by pluralistic democratic processes . Before the discovery of the atomic bomb , the maxim still held that the freedom and curiosity of ...
Franklin Roosevelt saw the threat to freedom and democracy as the main danger presented by national socialism . In this same speech he proclaimed his famous four freedoms as a bulwark , so to speak , against German dictatorship : In the ...
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