Chapter 10. Some Fundamental Philosophical, Psychological and Intellectual Assumptions of Futures Studies

  1. G. E. W. Wolstenholme Organizer and
  2. Maeve O'Connor
  1. Yehezkel Dror

Published Online: 30 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470720189.ch10

Ciba Foundation Symposium 36 - The Future as an Academic Discipline

Ciba Foundation Symposium 36 - The Future as an Academic Discipline

How to Cite

Dror, Y. (1975) Some Fundamental Philosophical, Psychological and Intellectual Assumptions of Futures Studies, in Ciba Foundation Symposium 36 - The Future as an Academic Discipline (eds G. E. W. Wolstenholme and M. O'Connor), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470720189.ch10

Author Information

  1. Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and The London School of Economics and Political Science

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1975

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9789021940403

Online ISBN: 9780470720189

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Keywords:

  • academic-professional discipline;
  • futures studies;
  • decision-making processes;
  • professionalism;
  • teaching programmes

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • (1) The Future Should be Known, As a Goal or Value in Itself

  • (2) Knowledge About the Future is Useful for Achieving Other Values and Goals

  • (3) The Past can Serve as a Basis for Predicting the of Relevant Phenomena Future Because of Some Stability or Ultra-Stability

  • (4) Special Senses Permit Predictions Independent from the Past

  • (5) The Human Mind is Capable, Directly or Indirectly, of Predictions on it Recognizing Stability or Ultra-Stability and Basing

  • (6) Knowledge-Distorting Effects of Intense Values, Emotions and Interests can be Overcome

  • (7) Futures Studies have Shared Characteristics

  • (8) The Shared Features of Futures Studies are Unique to those Studies

  • (9) The Unique Features of Futures Studies are Best Developed within a Distinct Frame

  • Discussion

  • References Cited