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  1. says:

    Whilst I am usually sceptical of books which attempt a cure all explanation of ideas, events or trends, Dr Pirie provides a deeply considered and highly analytical approach in his excellent writings on how progress is made The book explores progress in different fields and experiences, from science to politics, from history to economics, providing useful analogies to contextualise the complex points.I feel this book could have done with a short conclusion at the end of each chapter sometimes whilst reading it feels as though you re playing catch up and chasing the argument rather than comprehending and considering It is very heavy going and consistently at a high level, and thus won t be as appealing to a general audience as some of his other works Overall, ho...


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    A lapidary and thorough treatment of a subject that is too often bandied about with so little attention as to render it nebulous It is based on Dr Pirie s PhD thesis and therefore is written in a careful, academic style and written from first principles This is not a bad thing, but it does mean that one should approach the work with consideration and not expect it to be as accessible as other work of the Adam Smith Institute.Speaking of the ASI, I was fortunate enough to be given a copy of this book for free at a launch event on the proviso that I write a review of it It has taken me over a year to get around to this, but it was well worth the wait and is a rewarding intellectual experience.It covers progress in the hard sciences but interestingly in other disciplines, such as history, where the idea of progress is not normally given this kind of supportive treatment.I would recommend this book to anyone who shares my belief that universalism and progress are little than hollow slogans unless the...


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    More prescient than ever with the use of progressive gaining ever traction in politics Those who label themselves as such have likely never thought about the idea of progress, and have certainly not considered it in this depth and breadth...

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