Its a pretty silly notion but what if progress were to progress?
It wouldn’t result in more progress, but rather something new altogether, advancement.
Where existing theories and thought modalities are sufficiently established so that we do not have to repeatedly assail first principles, but rather work within them to develop and expand.
But how can we be certain first principles are sufficiently established?
We can ask a different question. Are current theoretical constructs sufficient to achieve whatever ends and purposes we have for them?
In other words, is there a way within existing thought to achieve interstellar flight, planetary colonization, time travel, etc… If we can, we don’t have to assail first principles, and can continue to work within the established framework.
Can we dream up something that cannot accomplished by current theoretical constructs? Can we not achieve an end satisfactorily with current thought? Then it might be time to assail first principles again.