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Futures Thought

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This chapter focuses on the conceptual frameworks that support the assumptions about the future and allow them to function. It offers a new set of conceptual coordinates for mapping processes of futures-construction. Thinkers from G.W.F. Hegel to Henri Bergson, Alfred Schutz and Jacques Derrida have shown that the present as such is more a construct than a basic reality. The chapter draws on the work of four thinkers to develop two new concepts such as lived future and living future. Together, these concepts enable us to unsettle some of the future metaphors that govern contemporary knowledge practices, by placing the long-term, latent future at the heart of action, knowledge and ethics. For these thinkers, the future is neither an empty space, and nor is it just something which is imagined or thought about. It is a latent but real feature of being as such.

Keywords: Alfred Schutz; contemporary knowledge practices; futures thought; G.W.F. Hegel; Henri Bergson; Jacques Derrida; lived future; living future



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