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Futures Tended

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This chapter develops the reflections concerning the depth of authors' immersion in lived and living futures, the ways in which the future matters to them. Of course, moral practices have sometimes looked forwards, by establishing general principles of conduct for action now and in the future, or by describing what counts and will count as good practical judgement. Similarly, some areas of legal practice, such as constitutional or trust law, have concerned themselves with the future security of legal contracts. Our social memory includes these and other modes of future-orientation, without their inner core being made fully explicit. The chapter explores how a forward-looking orientation can enable one to understand responsibility as being, first and foremost, about a responsible ‘handling’ of the world. It outlines some conceptual supports for the legal and moral habits of mind, in order to better understand the deeply ingrained nature of what must be overcome.

Keywords: constitutional law; Futures; lived future; living futures; moral practices; social memory; trust law



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