Quaderni IRCrES-CNR, (2018) vol. 3, n. 4
 
    pp 51-67
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A critique of human progress: a new definition and inconsistencies in society

 

Mario Cocciaa,b, Matteo Bellittoa

a CNR-IRCRES, National Research Council, Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth, via Real Collegio 30, Moncalieri (TO) - Italy

b Arizona State University

 

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the concept of human progress and its inconsistencies in society suggesting a new general definition that synthetises previous concepts and endeavours to improve them. This study proposes, within a pragmatic point of view, human progress as an inexhaustible process driven by an ideal of maximum wellbeing of purposeful people, which, on attainment of any of its goals for increasing wellbeing, then seek another consequential goal in new socioeconomic contexts over time and space. The human progress enhances the fundamental life-interests of people represented by health, wealth, expansion of knowledge, technology and freedom directed to increase wellbeing in society. These factors lead to better and more complex forms of life. However, this study also shows the inconsistency of the equation economic growth= social progress because human progress – during its continuous process without limit – generate negative effects for human being such as a higher pollution and incidence of cancer in society. This study is propaedeutic for further studies focusing social-political and economic characteristics of human progress.

 

Keywords: Human Progress, Science Progress, Social Progress, Economic Progress, Wellbeing, Environmental Degradation, Sustainable Growth, Capitalism, Cancer.

 

JEL codes: O10; O30, O33, O40, P10

 

DOI: 10.23760/2499-6661.2018.017

 

How to Cite this Article

Coccia M., Bellitto M. (2018). “A critique of human progress: a new definition and inconsistencies in society”, Quaderni IRCrES-CNR, 4(3), 51-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.23760/2499-6661.2018.017

 

 

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