Practical Philosophy Seminar: Tyson Ashley Retz

"Progress and the Scale of History"


Belief in progress long went out of fashion. Optimists may continue to prosper in certain circles, but pessimism is in vogue, crisis talk more pervasive than progress talk. And yet the idea of progress remains very much with us in our political imaginations and in the ways we link past, present and future. In this presentation, I offer five categories for thinking about progress that each rely on a different conception of history. The scale on which we conceive history, I argue, plays a determining role in how we think about progress.

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