Individuals in the Modern Melting-Pot

  • Mary Midgley


For well over a century now, people in the West have felt much confidence in the idea that they could get guidance simply from the direction in which they were already travelling. They have been strongly gripped by the thought that the rapid changes taking place in their civilisation were carrying them along a straight, upward path or escalator of progress (or advance, or evolution) towards an ideal condition.


Moral Judgement Factual Belief Lonely Crowd Social Root Upward Path 
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Works quoted in this chapter

  1. A.E. Housman, Last Poms XII (1922). More recently published in The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse, ed. Christopher Ricks (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1987) pp. 613–4Google Scholar
  2. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (trans. Lawrence, New York, Harper and Row, 1988) p. 508Google Scholar

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