Foundations of Futures Studies, Volume 1

Human Science for a New Era
Author: Wendell Bell
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412823791
Category: Social Science
Page: 408
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Futures studies is a new field of inquiry involving systematic and explicit thinking about alternative futures. It aims to demystify the future, make possibilities for the future more known to us, and increase human control over the future. Author Wendell Bell brings together futurist intellectual tools, describing and explaining not only the methods, but also the nature, concepts, theories, and exemplars of the field. Now available in paperback with a new preface from the author, Foundations of Future Studies is the fundamental work on the subject. Bell illustrates how this sphere of intellectual activity offers hope for the future of humanity and concrete ways of realizing that hope in the real world of everyday life. His book will appeal to all interested in futures studies, sociology, economics, political science, and history.

Foundations of Futures Studies

Volume 2: Values, Objectivity, and the Good Society
Author: Wendell Bell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351519395
Category: Social Science
Page: 392
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Futures studies is a new field of inquiry involving systematic and explicit thinking about alternative futures. Wendell Bell's two-volume work Foundations of Futures Studies is widely acknowledged as the fundamental work on the subject. In Volume 2, Bell goes beyond possible and probable futures to the study of preferable futures. He shows that concern with ethics, morality, and human values follows directly from the futurist purposes of discovering or inventing, examining, and proposing desirable futures. He examines moral judgments as an inescapable aspect of all decision-making and conscious action, even in the everyday lives of ordinary people.Now available in paperback with a new preface from the author, Volume 2 of Foundations of Futures Studies moves beyond cultural relativism to critical evaluation. Bell compares depictions of the good society by utopian writers, describes objective methods of moral judgment, assesses religion and law as sources of what is morally right, documents the existence of universal human values, and shows that if human beings are to thrive in the global society of the future, some human values must be changed.

Foundations of Futures Studies: History, purposes, and knowledge


Author: Wendell Bell
Publisher: Transaction Pub
ISBN: 9780765805393
Category: Social Science
Page: 390
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Futures studies is a new field of inquiry involving systematic and explicit thinking about alternative futures. It aims to demystify the future, make possibilities for the future more known to us, and increase human control over the future. Author Wendell Bell brings together futurist intellectual tools, describing and explaining not only the methods, but also the nature, concepts, theories, and exemplars of the field. Now available in paperback with a new preface from the author, Foundations of Future Studies is the fundamental work on the subject. Bell illustrates how this sphere of intellectual activity offers hope for the future of humanity and concrete ways of realizing that hope in the real world of everyday life. His book will appeal to all interested in futures studies, sociology, economics, political science, and history.

Foundations of Futures Studies

Volume 1: History, Purposes, and Knowledge
Author: Jose Valciukas
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351519433
Category: Social Science
Page: 390
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Futures studies is a new field of inquiry involving systematic and explicit thinking about alternative futures. It aims to demystify the future, make possibilities for the future more known to us, and increase human control over the future. This book summarizes and expands contributions of futurists to the envisioning power and well-being of humanity. Bell brings together futurist intellectual tools, describing and explaining not only the methods, but also the nature, concepts, theories, and exemplars of the field.Foundations of Futures Studies fulfills Bell's five main purposes for writing this two-volume effort: (1) to show that futures studies, like other fields from anthropology to zoology, exists as an identifiable sphere of intellectual activity; (2) to create a teaching instrument that can be used as a basic text for core courses in futures studies; (3) to futurize the thinking of specialists in other disciplines; (4) to contribute to the further development and improvement of futures studies; and (5) to provide tools to empower both ordinary people and leaders to act in ways that create better futures for themselves and their societies. Bell maintains that despite its sometimes doomsday rhetorical style and widespread use by special interests, futures studies offers hope for the future of humanity and concrete ways of realizing that hope in the real world of our everyday lives. It will appeal to all interested in futures studies, as well as sociologists, economists, political scientists, and historians.

Foundations of Futures Studies: Values, objectivity, and the good society


Author: Wendell Bell
Publisher: Transaction Pub
ISBN: 9780765805669
Category: Social Science
Page: 392
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Futures studies is a new field of inquiry involving systematic and explicit thinking about alternative futures. Wendell Bell's two-volume work Foundations of Futures Studies is widely acknowledged as the fundamental work on the subject. In Volume 2, Bell goes beyond possible and probable futures to the study of preferable futures. He shows that concern with ethics, morality, and human values follows directly from the futurist purposes of discovering or inventing, examining, and proposing desirable futures. He examines moral judgments as an inescapable aspect of all decision-making and conscious action, even in the everyday lives of ordinary people. Now available in paperback with a new preface from the author, Volume 2 of Foundations of Futures Studies moves beyond cultural relativism to critical evaluation. Bell compares depictions of the good society by utopian writers, describes objective methods of moral judgment, assesses religion and law as sources of what is morally right, documents the existence of universal human values, and shows that if human beings are to thrive in the global society of the future, some human values must be changed.

Advancing Futures

Futures Studies in Higher Education
Author: James Allen Dator
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275969455
Category: Education
Page: 409
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A distinguished group of futurists examine the current state of the field and assess its prospects for the future.

Rescuing All Our Futures

The Future of Futures Studies
Author: Ziauddin Sardar
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275965594
Category: Political Science
Page: 258
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Argues that the discipline of future studies is dominated by a single, myopic vision that is incapable of seeing outside the framework of western thought.

Memories of the Future


Author: Wendell Bell
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412846617
Category: Social Science
Page: 291
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Life courses, both professional and personal, are often directed by unplanned experiences. At crossroads, which path is followed and which hard choices are made can change the direction of one’s future. Wendell Bell’s life illustrates how totally unforeseen events can shape individual lives. As he notes, despite our hopes and our plans for the future, there is also serendipity, feedback, twists and turns, chance and circumstance, all of which shape our futures with sometimes surprising results. In Bell’s case, such twists and turns of chance and circumstance led to his role in developing the new field of futures studies. In Memories of the Future, Bell recognizes the importance of images of the future and the effect of these images on events to come. Such images—dreams, visions, or whatever we call them—help to determine our actions, which, in turn, help shape the future, although not always in ways that we intend. Bell illustrates, partly with the story of his own life, how people remember such past images of the future and how the memories of them linger and are often used to judge the real outcomes of their lives. This is a fascinating view of the work of an important social scientist and the people and events that helped define his life. It is also about American higher education, especially from the end of World War II through the 1960s and 1970s, a period of educational transformation that included the spread of the merit system; the increase in ethnic, racial, gender, and social diversity among students and faculty; and a massive increase in research and knowledge.

A Study of Future Worlds


Author: Richard A. Falk
Publisher: New York : Free Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: International organization
Page: 506
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New Thinking for a New Millennium

The Knowledge Base of Futures Studies
Author: Richard A. Slaughter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134793901
Category: Education
Page: 260
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In this book, Richard Slaughter draws on the relatively new but rapidly developing field of futures studies to illustrate how our thinking must change in order to deal with the challenges presented by the new millennium. In doing so he brings together the latest work from some of the leading international names in futures thinking. Part One considers the foundations of futures thinking in history, literature and ideas. Part Two explores some of the ways that futures studies have been and are being applied in different educational contexts around the world, from pre-school to postgraduate levels. Part Three takes the crucial step from institutional learning to social learning, and explores how futures provides us with insights which can help guide our society into the new millennium, together with suggestions for the development of the field itself. This book is essential reading for teachers, students and anyone interested in the perils and promise of the twenty-first century.

The Rational Foundations of Ethics


Author: Timothy L. S. Sprigge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415055192
Category: Ethics
Page: 283
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Traditional Religion and Culture in a New Era


Author: Reimon Bachika
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412840286
Category: Religion
Page: 229
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Where will postmodern culture lead us in the twenty-first century? Will it destroy traditional cultures together with the old, established religions that were its foundation? These questions and the new concerns they evoke are explored in this important collection of original essays. Contributors challenge entrenched assumptions about what many social scientists consider irreversible cultural trends. These include cultural differentiation, emphasis on individual identity, movement toward religion as a private act rather than a community commitment, and above all, emphasis on the relativity of all knowledge and values. The volume asserts three lines of argument in opposition to these trends. The first is the teleological significance of traditional religions and archaic knowledge. History can be said to have no goal, but the same must not follow for human culture. One can conceive individually of a hundred goals to live for. However, the quality of life cannot be that diverse. Taken to the extreme, cultural particularity and philosophical nihilism are insults to the life that emerged on our planet eons ago. Second, this volume emphasizes moral concern and the importance of universal values. Ideas of human well being have been formulated from ancient times. Religious beliefs invariably contain statements of value in the form of commandments and exhortations that express fundamental goals for a quality of life. Third, the nature of religion and spirituality is discussed. Religion today has become controversial socially, and marginal sociologically. The role of religion in society is sometimes problematic or abused, but it is also underestimated and misunderstood. The authors suggest that contemporary religion might best be viewed as non-ideological spiritual culture. This, in turn, looks to a future in which religion and culture coalesce. This volume includes an international cast of scholars from Japan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, and Belgium. All have engaged in research outside their own countries. Taken as a whole, this volume addresses issues of interest to those in the fields of futures studies, religion, and philosophy, and in particular those concerned with human agency, personal responsibility, and public choice. Reimon Bachika is professor of the sociology of religion at Bukkyo University, Kyoto, and president of the Research Committee of Futures Studies (RC07) of the International Sociological Association. He is co-author of An Introduction into the Sociology of Religion (in Japanese, with M. Tsushima), and has written numerous articles both in Japanese and English on the sociology of religion and related problems of culture.

Historia social del Tercer Reich


Author: Richard Grunberger
Publisher: Grupo Planeta (GBS)
ISBN: 9788434434936
Category: History
Page: 568
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Creating Better Futures

Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow
Author: James A. Ogilvy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199923841
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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As a founder and managing director of Global Business Network, James Ogilvy helped develop the technique of scenario planning, which has become an integral part of strategic thinking in both business and government. Now Ogilvy shows how we can use this cutting-edge method for social change in our own neighborhoods. In Creating Better Futures, Ogilvy presents a profound new vision of how the world is changing--and how it can be changed for the better. Ogilvy argues that self-defined communities, rather than individuals or governments, have become the primary agents for social change. Towns, professional associations, and interest groups of all kinds help shape the future in all the ways that matter most, from schools and hospitals to urban development. The key to improvement is scenario planning--a process that draws on groups of people, both lay and expert, to draft narratives that spell out possible futures, some to avoid, some inspiring hope. Scenario planning has revolutionized both public and private planning, leading to everything from the diverse product lines that have revived the auto industry, to a timely decision by the state of Colorado to avoid pouring millions into an oil-shale industry that never materialized. But never before has anyone proposed that it be taken up by society as a whole. Drawing on years of experience in both academia and the private sector, where he developed both a keen sense of how businesses work best and an abiding passion for changing the world, James Ogilvy provides the tools we need to create better communities: better health, better education, better lives.

The Ethical Foundations of Marxism


Author: Eugene Kamenka
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780710073600
Category: Communist ethics
Page: 208
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Prefiguring Cyberculture

An Intellectual History
Author: Darren Tofts,Annemarie Jonson,Alessio Cavallaro
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262701082
Category: Computers
Page: 328
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A multidisciplinary compilation of essays and other writings explores the antecedents of Internet technology in the works of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Mary Shelley, William Gibson, and others. (Technology)

Social Foundations of Human Space Exploration


Author: James A. Dator
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461430941
Category: Philosophy
Page: 107
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This title presents a uniquely human perspective on the quest to explore space and to understand the universe through the lens of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. It considers early stories about the universe in various cultures; recent space fiction; the origins and cultural rationale for the space age; experiences of humans in space and their emerging interactions with robots and artificial intelligence; how humans should treat environments and alien life; and the alternative futures of space exploration and settlement.

Diseñando el futuro


Author: Jacque Fresco,Roxanne Meadows
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 2924024234
Category: Architecture
Page: 98
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Introducción: ¿Estás preparado para diseñar el futuro? Muchos de nosotros sentimos que, para preparar nuestro futuro, basta con pensar, actuar y aprender usando los métodos y valores presentes; nada más lejos de la realidad—especialmente en el mundo cambiante de hoy. Un niño recién nacido entra a un mundo que no ha sido construido por él o ella. Cada generación ha heredado los valores, logros, esperanzas, éxitos y fracasos de las generaciones predecesoras. Heredamos los resultados de las decisiones tomadas por generaciones anteriores. Durante los cientos de miles de años de existencia humana, la tecnología ha sido rudimentaria o bien inexistente, por lo cual tuvo un impacto limitado en la vida humana y la tierra que la sustenta. Cada sucesiva generación, desde los primeros cazadores y recolectores, hasta los posteriores agricultores y colonizadores, entregaron sus herramientas a las generaciones subsiguientes, con el fin de ayudarles a sobrevivir. El cambio de una generación a la siguiente era lento y apenas perceptible. En esos días, había poco o nulo conocimiento de la ciencia y del modo en que funcionaban las cosas, por ende, las explicaciones no eran científicas. Este no es el caso en el mundo de alta tecnología que vivimos hoy, donde un cambio que afecta a millones de personas puede ocurrir en cuestión de segundos. Un niño nacido hoy, heredará un mundo enormemente distinto del que conocieron sus padres, y aún más distinto del mundo siglos atrás. Previas generaciones dejaban un legado de explotación, ocupaciones militares y valores irrelevantes para los desafíos del presente, pero también, oportunidades para la gente de hoy.