Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Progress Theory: The Constraint On China's Cultural Renaissance

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

"Progress theory" is a direct Chinese translation of the French l’idée du progrès, which is also called progressivism. The marquis was affected by the proliferation of English and French colonies around the world and the remarkable technological progress of European society, and wrote the book Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind. It encompasses a linear conception of time. It does not distinguish between ethnicities. It takes the West as cultural center. It is a substitute for religion. A distinction between progressive and backward exists for material and technology, such a distinction does not exist for culture. The evolution of culture is better described as a kind of spatial coexistence of new and old, acceptance of both today and yesterday, and simultaneous storage of modern and traditional, rather than a simple temporal replacement of old with new, yesterday with day, and traditional with modern.

Keywords: China; cultural renaissance; European; French; marquis; Progress theory



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Culture and Social Transformations in Reform Era China — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation