Improvability


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Im`prov`a`bil´i`ty


n.1.The state or quality of being improvable; improvableness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Gray also places Joseph Conrad in this category, drawing on the severe skepticism about the improvability of human nature that Conrad displayed in Heart of Darkness (1899) and the short story "An Outpost of Progress" (1897).
The model of audit quality adopted by this paper places the audit itself in the center, using rather open-ended elements of importance, upward trajectory, and technological improvability. This approach allows an inquiry into how quality might be penetrated by the core concepts of professional value.
In chapter 10, Rescher rejects the improvability thesis (the actual world could have been better) by arguing that we have no idea what a world would have been like without Hitler or other natural evils due to interconnectivity and the butterfly effect of chaos theory.
Self-awareness of mastery and improvability of entrepreneurial competence in small businesses in the agrifood sector.
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Beyond a provisional definition and preliminary understanding of some insufficient status quo, a rudimentary assessment of its improvability also constitutes part of opportunity recognition, as it separates real opportunities from intractable deficits.
They include efficiency (specifically cost-effectiveness or benefit-cost analysis), political acceptability, and robustness or improvability. (13) He also insists that outcomes be evaluated, not the policy or program itself.
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. This is sentimentality in the sense identified by Roger Scruton, in which refined feelings, rather than the circumstances that generate the feelings or the actions appropriate to them, become an end in themselves.
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.
But Smethurst argues that Pennant's close-up concern for the future 'improvability' of Scotland (the economically-underdeveloped Highlands in particular) contrasts favourably with Johnson's 'romantic projections of the past' (p.