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Progrès et perfectibilité : variations sur un thème

Abstract : Since the modem period the notions of progress and perfectibility have been envisaged from two different standpoints. On the one hand is the conception developed by the philosophers who believe in the unlimited power of reason. On the other hand is that of the sceptics who doubt its power. After presenting these two views, I will address the question of which one is the best. Should we follow those who trust reason or those who don't ? In order to answer this question we must determine what is central for progress and perfectibility. Do they come along with a continuous development of knowledge ? Or do they pivot around a radical imperfection which may defeat reason and give rise to barbarism or decay ?
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Véronique Le Ru. Progrès et perfectibilité : variations sur un thème. Raison Présente, Nouvelles Editions Rationalistes, 2009, Savoir, connaitre, agir, 171 (1), pp.41-48. ⟨10.3406/raipr.2009.4176⟩. ⟨hal-03716385⟩



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