Conserving old principles and institutions (such as monarchy, church, commerce, and inheritance) hinders progress--humankind's evolutionary process toward perfectibility
Indeed, the impetuous Squire Headlong himself, in Peacock's words 'utterly regardless of obstacles' in pursuing 'the current of enterprise' (I, 83), could easily have emerged from this passage on perfectibility
in the Edinburgh Magazine forum: 'No human force can refrain its energies.
In contrast, a "foresight" perfectibility
standard looks not only to the quality of the policy language in dispute, but also to the reasonableness of the insurer's failure-at the time the policy was drafted-to perfect that language.
In this understanding the negotiation of a more equal distribution of land and power can only be defined in Ozick's words as the "common arrogance of messianic perfectibility
In his Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind, 1795, Condorcet states that the purpose of his work is "to show by appeal to reason and fact that nature has set no term to the perfection of human faculties; that the perfectibility
of man is truly indefinite;.
As the Marquis de Condorcet put it in The Perfectibility
of Man (written, ironically, but not coincidentally, during the French Revolution), "The sole foundation for belief in the natural sciences is this idea, that the general laws directing the phenomena of the universe, known or unknown, are necessary and constant.
circumscribed by a clearly historical premise: that of progressivism and evolution, the old nineteenth-century notion that institutions are evolving toward an ultimate perfectibility
of form" (pp.
The immediacy of visual pleasure, the notion of taste as either a teleology of historical perfectibility
or a form of aristocratic connoisseurship - these issues have been put in crisis, significantly by feminist, film, and media theorists.
The novel satirizes extreme political systems that are based on opposing models of the perfectibility
or incorrigibility of humanity.
Post's fine collection of essays in bioethics avoids self-conscious ethical theorizing, focusing instead on "a spectrum of broad, perennial, humanistic themes such as human perfectibility
, trust, care, and the contingency of human experience.
But he held on to his belief in the innate honesty and perfectibility
of the common people and argued that "Political democracy .
In fact, Swift does not share Gulliver's values especially his rationalistic, scientific responses to the world and his belief in progress and the perfectibility