Title: The True and Only Heaven : Progress and Its Critics
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc September 1991
0393307956 / 9780393307955
Seller ID: 20070926123684
The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics
poses the same questions of moral limits to politics, asserting that the old ideological distinctions between ''right'' and ''left'' have lost their persuasive power, for neither side wishes to acknowledge limitations to its own thinking. The Right's desire to ''maintain our riotous standard of living'' and the Left's efforts to ''extend Western standards of living to the rest of the world'' are both misguided notions of progress. Sun fading of cover edges.
An Eighth Day View:
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 features egalitarianism, workmanship and loyalty, and recognizes the danger of resentment of the material goods of others.