This book provides papers of the conference (Gargellen/Austria, September 1994) of leading scientists and philosophers on the notion of progress of knowledge, which is constitutive of our modern selfunderstanding, from the perspective of their disciplines.
Summary of contents:
1. GEorg Henrik von Wright, Progress: Fiction and Fact
2. WAlter Burkert, Impact and Limits of the Idea of Progress in Antiquity
3. AListair Crombie, Philosophical Commitments and Scientific Progress
4. SHigeru Nakayama, Chinese "Cyclic" View of History vs Japanese "Progress"
5. JEan Blondel, Political Progress: Illusion or Reality
6. NIcholas Rescher, Progress and the Future
7. RUdolf Flotzinger, Progress and Development in Musical History
8. DAg Pravitz, Progress in Philosophy
9. JOhn D. BArrow, Time in the Universe
10. ANtonio Garcia-Bellido, Progress in Biological Evolution
11. GEreon Wolters, The Idea of Progress in Evolutionary Biology: Philosophical Considerations
12. PHilippe Lazar, The Idea of Progress in Human Health