The Idea of Progress: An Implicit Western Faith

Julian Kolbe, Emil Schmelling, Lida Gholami & Camilia Soltani

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper challenges the idea of progress as an underlying ideology of Western civilization and identifies its role in modern day society on a philosophical level. The origin and development of this idea is presented through a historical review of sources back from ancient Greece to the works of prominent scholars including Comté and Darwin among others. Furthermore this paper includes a discussion on secularization and the state of religion in modern Danish society which is elaborated on through an interdisciplinary approach involving neuroscientific research on religious cognition. Finally, a commercial is analyzed through the framework of Durkheim’s work on religion in relation to progress portrayed in the media. This creates a thought provoking reflection on the Western societies’ implicit faith in progress.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2012
VejledereNiklas Alexander Chimirri


  • Progress
  • Neuroscience
  • Secularization
  • Religion
  • Durkheim