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Teodor Shanin, L’idée de progrès, 1997

24 janvier 2017 Laisser un commentaire

La philosophie des XVIIe, XVIIIe, et XIXe siècles a légué à nos sciences sociales contemporaines un héritage majeur, l’idée de progrès. Cette idée laïque, s’écartant résolument de la pensée médiévale qui expliquait tout par la volonté de Dieu, proposait une théorie forte, durable et séduisante, permettant d’ordonner et d’interpréter l’ensemble de la vie passée, présente et future de l’Humanité. Le concept est d’une simplicité extrême : malgré quelques aléas, toute société se déplace régulièrement vers le “haut”, le long d’une route qui l’éloigne de la pauvreté, de la barbarie, du despotisme et de l’ignorance pour la conduire vers la richesse, la civilisation, la démocratie et la Raison (incarnée par sa quintessence, la science).

C’est un mouvement irréversible, depuis la diversité infinie des particularismes – gaspilleurs d’énergie humaine et de ressources – jusqu’à un monde unifié, simplifié et rationnel. Lire la suite…

Teodor Shanin, The Idea of Progress, 1997

24 janvier 2017 Laisser un commentaire

The he idea of progress is the major philosophical legacy left by the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries to the contemporary social sciences. The idea was secular, departing from the medieval mind-set where everything could be explained by God’s will, and it offered a powerful and pervasive supra-theory that ordered and interpreted everything within the life of humanity – past, present and future. The core of the concept, and its derivations and the images attached to it, have been overwhelmingly simple and straightforward, with a few temporary deviations, all societies are advancing naturally and consistently “up”, on a route from poverty, barbarism, despotism and ignorance to riches, civilization, democracy and rationality, the highest expression of which is science. This is also an irreversible movement from an endless diversity of particularities, wasteful of human energies and economic resources, to a world unified and simplified into the most rational arrangement, It is therefore a movement from badness to goodness and from mindlessness to knowledge, which gave this message its ethical promise, its optimism and its reformist “punch” The nature of the interdependence of the diverse advances – economic, political, cultural and so on – has been the subject of fundamental divisions and debate; for example, is it the growth of rationality or of the forces of production which acts as the prime mover? What was usually left unquestioned was the basic historiography of the necessary sequence and/or stages along the main road of progress as the organizing principle on which all other interpretations rest. Lire la suite…