The Idea of Progress: An Inquiry into Its Origin and Growth


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John Bagnell Bury was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University in the early twentieth century. In The Idea of Progress, he assesses the concepts of history found in the classical period and then traces the historical development of the concept of political and social progress by looking at writers from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. It is interesting to consider what the history of the past hundred years would add to such an analysis. - Summary by Barry Ganong (8 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Preface 5:41 Read by Barry Ganong
Introduction, Part 1 30:26 Read by Barry Ganong
Introduction, Part 2 23:56 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 1: Some Interpretations of Universal History: Bodin and Le Roy 18:43 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 2: Utility the End of Knowledge: Bacon 21:06 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 3: Cartesianism 20:26 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 4: The Doctrine of Degeneration: The Ancients and Moderns 31:02 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 5: The Progress of Knowledge: Fontenelle, Part 1 21:14 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 5: The Progress of Knowledge: Fontenelle, Part 2 22:46 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 6: The General Progress of Man: Abbé de Saint-Pierre 25:28 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 7: New Conceptions of History: Montesquieu, Voltaire, Turgot 22:56 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 8: The Encyclopaedists and Economists 27:39 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 9: Was Civilization a Mistake? Rousseau, Chastellux 23:07 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 10: The Year 2440 14:28 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 11: The French Revolution: Condorcet 22:46 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 12: The Theory of Progress in England 31:54 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 13: German Speculations on Progress 34:26 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 14: Currents of Thought in France after the Revolution 27:48 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 15: The Search for a Law of Progress: I. Saint-Simon 18:16 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 16: The Search for a Law of Progress: II. Comte 35:40 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 17: "Progress" in the French Revolutionary Movement (1830-1851) 16:46 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 18: Material Progress: The Exhibition of 1851 15:14 Read by Barry Ganong
Chapter 19: Progress in the Light of Evolution; and Epilogue 27:41 Read by Barry Ganong