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978-0-393-02916-1 / 0393029166

The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics

by Lasch, Christopher

Publisher:W W Norton & Co Inc

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Can we continue to believe in progress? In this sobering analysis of the Western human condition, Christopher Lasch seeks the answer in a history of the struggle between two ideas: one is the idea of progress - an idea driven by the conviction that human desire is insatiable and requires ever larger production forces. Opposing this materialist view is the idea that condemns a boundless appetite for more and better goods and distrusts "improvements" that only feed desire. Tracing the opposition to the idea of progress from Rousseau through Montesquieu to Carlyle, Max Weber and G.D.H. Cole, Lasch finds much that is desirable in a turn toward moral conservatism, toward a lower-middle-class culture that egalitarianism, workmanship, loyalty and recognizes the danger of resentment of the material goods of others. We must recover these ideals in order to recover "the true and only heaven"

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