ABSTRACT. This paper argues that both the relativist and the pessimist critiques of the idea of progress are inadequate. Progress is defined as increase in global
quality of life (QOL). Such QOL is intrinsically subjective but not relative. It can be reliably measured through “life satisfaction”-type questions. The “World Database
of Happiness” provides extensive data on social economic and psychological factors that correlate with overall QOL. They include wealth health security knowledge freedom and equality. Various statistical data suggest that all these QOL indicators have undergone significant improvements during the last half century in most of the world. This gives strong support to the thesis that progress objectively occurs.
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