First systematic introduction to the discipline of anticipation
Author: Roberto Poli, Trento University, Italy
Springer International Publishing AG, 2017
This book presents the theory of anticipation, and establishes anticipation of the future as a legitimate topic of research. It examines anticipatory behavior, i.e. a behavior that ‘uses’ the future in its actual decisional process. The book shows that anticipation violates neither the ontological order of time nor causation. It explores the question of how different kinds of systems anticipate, and examines the risks and uses of such anticipatory practices. The book first summarizes the research on anticipation conducted within a range of different disciplines, and describes the connection between the anticipatory point of view and futures studies. Following that, its chapters on Wholes, Time and Emergence, make explicit the ontological framework within which anticipation finds its place. It then goes on to discuss Systems, Complexity, and the Modeling Relation, and provides the scientific background supporting anticipation. It restricts formal technicalities to one chapter, and presents those technicalities twice, in formal and plain words to advance understanding. The final chapter shows that all the threads presented in the previous chapters naturally converge toward what has come to be called “Discipline of Anticipation”.
The book is available on the editor web site: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319630212
Roberto Poli, Trento University, Italy
Ted Fuller, Lincoln University, UK
Jannie Hofmeyr, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Aloisius H. Louie, Ottawa, Canada
Anticipation Science is a new Springer peer-reviewed publication series designed to encourage debate and analysis and provide a platform for the dissemination of new research about the use of ideas of a future to act in the present, with a broad focus on humans, institutions, and human-designed systems.
The aim is to enhance the repertoire of resources for developing ideas of the future, and for expanding and deepening the ability to use the future.
Some of the questions that the Series intends to address are the following: When does anticipation occur in behavior and life? Which types of anticipation can be distinguished? Which properties of our environment change the pertinence of different types of anticipation? Which structures and processes are necessary for anticipatory action? Which is the behavioral impact of anticipation? How can anticipation be modeled?
The series is interested in receiving book proposals that
- are aimed at an academic audience of graduate level and up
- combine applied and/or theoretical and/or philosophical studies with work especially from disciplines within the human and social sciences broadly conceived.
The series editors intend to make a first decision within 2 months of submission. In case of a positive first decision the work will be provisionally contracted: the final decision about publication will depend upon the result of the anonymous peer review of the complete manuscript.
The series editors aim to have the work peer-reviewed within 4 months after submission of the complete manuscript.
They discourage the submission of manuscripts that are below 150 printed pages (75,000 words).
For inquiries and submission of proposals prospective authors can contact the editor-in-chief: