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n.1.The state or quality of being improvable; improvableness.
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They include efficiency (specifically cost-effectiveness or benefit-cost analysis), political acceptability, and robustness or improvability.
Denying the improvability of life was, according to Orwell, tantamount to endorsing Fascism.
For Glover, Beautiful Losers is a postmodern "anti-novel" that "dramatiz[es] the failure of the modern project, the faith or trust in progress, in the improvability of mankind by rational means" (131).
They are offered instead as a selection of brandies one might roll around on the tongue--luxuriating, with each sample, in one's sophistication as a disbeliever in human improvability.
It is individualist, in that it asserts the moral primacy of the person against the claims of any social collectivity: egalitarian, inasmuch as it confers on all men the same moral status and denies the relevance to legal or political order of differences in moral worth among human beings; universalist, affirming the moral unity of the human species and according a secondary importance to specific historic associations and cultural forms; and meliorist in its affirmation of the corrigibility and improvability of all social institutions and political arrangements.
Robustness and Improvability in implementation--foresee the main difficulties of implementation and enforcement.
He also revealed, if only indirectly, that happiness was virtually impossible for a man whose life was animated by dreams of "the indefinite improvability of human affairs .
M'Leod's confidence in the peasantry's improvability comes, primarily, from Edgeworth's Enlightenment-based understanding of historical change and her belief in the power of education to shape character.
Stern explains: "With the self-knowledge given by phrenology came freedom of choice; with freedom of choice came the possibility of improvability--that 'practical watch-word of the age'; with improvability came the hope of reform.
For Rousseau's discussion of perfectibility, or improvability, see Rousseau (2008): 179ff.
Irving Fisher's 'faith in the improvability of man and the limitless possibilities of science and free enterprise' (p.
Historian Reginald Horsman has explained US expansion by means of its alliance with Anglo-Saxon racial supremacy and biological essentialism so that, even if "the Indian policy of Washington, Jefferson, and Monroe was based on ideas of improvability stemming from the eighteenth-century Enlightenment", such notion of improvability soon receded and was supplanted by the scientific racism behind polygenesis--the assumption that different races do not share a traceable common ancestry--and phrenology (1981: 114).