Social Evolution and Development: The Bourgeois Liberal Tradition

  • Ankie M. M. Hoogvelt
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Part of the The Sociology of Developing Societies book series

Abstract

Scientific theories of development may be broadly classed into two groups: liberal and Marxist. Both are inheritors of a long-standing Western intellectual concern with progress. That concern, we all know, came fully into its own with the growth of science and technology, and the spread of industrialisation in Western Europe from the eighteenth century onwards. The irresistible conquest of man over nature, the resultant improvement in material conditions of life, and (above all) the economic and political power it permitted the European civilisations to wield over all other civilisations in the world, could not but have fed notions of progress and historical superiority into the philosophical reflections of the time.

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