The True and Only Heaven: Progress and Its Critics by Christopher Lasch

By Christopher Lasch

Will we proceed to think in growth? during this sobering research of the Western human situation, Christopher Lasch seeks the reply in a historical past of the fight among rules: one is the belief of growth - an idea pushed by means of the conviction that human hope is insatiable and calls for ever better creation forces. Opposing this materialist view is the concept that condemns a boundless urge for food for extra and higher items and distrusts "improvements" that purely feed wish. Tracing the competition to the assumption of development from Rousseau via Montesquieu to Carlyle, Max Weber and G.D.H. Cole, Lasch unearths a lot that's fascinating in a flip towards ethical conservatism, towards a lower-middle-class tradition that includes egalitarianism, workmanship and loyalty, and acknowledges the chance of resentment of the fabric items of others.

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The historian looks backwards; in the end he even believes backwards. 8 T W I L I G H T OF THE I D O L S (l 25) 25 Contentment protects you even from catching cold. —I am assuming she was scantily clad. 26 I mistrust all systematists and avoid them. The will to system is a lack of integrity. 27 People think woman is profound—why? because you can never get to the bottom of her. Woman is not even shallow. 28 If a woman has manly virtues you should run away from her; and if she has no manly virtues she runs away herself.

Reason' is what causes us to falsify the evidence of the senses. If the senses show becoming, passing away, change, they do not lie ... But Heraclitus will always be right that Being is an empty fiction. The 'apparent' world is the only one: the 'real world' has just been lied on... 3 —And what fine instruments of observation we have in our senses! This nose, for example, of which not one philosopher has yet spoken in reverence and gratitude, is nevertheless actually the most delicate instrument we have at our command: it can register minimal differences in movement which even the spectroscope fails to register.

If the senses show becoming, passing away, change, they do not lie ... But Heraclitus will always be right that Being is an empty fiction. The 'apparent' world is the only one: the 'real world' has just been lied on... 3 —And what fine instruments of observation we have in our senses! This nose, for example, of which not one philosopher has yet spoken in reverence and gratitude, is nevertheless actually the most delicate instrument we have at our command: it can register minimal differences in movement which even the spectroscope fails to register.

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