First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

part |2 pages

part one The history of the idea of progress

chapter I|14 pages

The roots of the idea of progress

chapter II|18 pages

Progress and the European enlightenment

chapter IV|16 pages

Progress and evolution

chapter V|16 pages

The decline of optimism

chapter VI|20 pages

Progress as a contemporary problem

part |2 pages

part two A sociological theory of progress

chapter VII|26 pages

Two concepts of progress

chapter VIII|10 pages

The sociological ethic (1)

chapter IX|16 pages

The sociological ethic (2)

chapter X|26 pages

The search for functional requisites

chapter XI|14 pages

Needs, morals and society

chapter XIII|14 pages

7 The biological time-bomb

chapter XIV|8 pages