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Ludwig Edelstein characterizes the idea of "progress" in Greek and Roman times. He analyzes the ancients' belief in "a tendency inherent in nature or in man to pass through a regular sequence of stages of development in past, present, and future, the latter stages being—with perhaps occasional retardations or minor regressions—superior to the earlier." Edelstein's contemporaries asserted that the Greeks and Romans were entirely ignorant of a belief in progress in this sense of the term. In arguing against this dominant thesis, Edelstein draws from the conclusions of scholars of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and discusses ideas of Auguste Comte and Wilhelm Dilthey.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Foreword
  2. Jack G. Goellner
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter I
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  1. Chapter II
  2. pp. 21-56
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  1. Chapter III
  2. pp. 57-132
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  1. Chapter IV
  2. pp. 133-180
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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ISBN
9781421435596
Related ISBN
9781421435589
MARC Record
OCLC
1123088766
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-15
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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