Skip to main content
  • Book
  • © 2017

Introduction to Anticipation Studies

Authors:

  • First systematic introduction to the discipline of anticipation

  • Explains the relevance of anticipation for biology, cognitive and social sciences

  • Improves theories and models of individual and collective human behavior and its consequences

  • Describes the connection between the anticipatory point of view and futures studies

Part of the book series: Anticipation Science (ANTISC, volume 1)

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-63023-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 1-8
  3. Anticipation in the Natural Sciences

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 9-21
  4. Understanding the Future

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 59-76
  5. Anticipation in Philosophy

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 77-100
  6. Ontological Sketches

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 101-119
  7. Process, Cause, and Emergence

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 121-138
  8. Time and Times

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 139-166
  9. Systems

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 167-180
  10. Complexity

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 181-192
  11. Impredicativity

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 193-210
  12. The Modeling Relation

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 211-223
  13. The Self-Generation of Models

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 225-238
  14. Applying Anticipation

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 239-257
  15. What Next?

    • Roberto Poli
    Pages 259-270
  16. Back Matter

    Pages 271-275

About this book

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”

Keywords

  • An Outline Map of Anticipation
  • The Discipline of Anticipation
  • The Modeling Relation
  • Understanding the Future
  • anticipatory systems
  • future studies

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology and social research, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

    Roberto Poli

About the author

Roberto Poli (PhD Utrecht) has been awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, teaches social foresight and philosophy of science, is fellow of WAAS—World Academy of Art and Science and STIAS—Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Poli is editor-in-chief of Axiomathes and the Handbook of Anticipation and he is the director of the master in Social Foresight. Poli has published five books, edited or co-edited more than 20 books or journal’s special issues and published about 250 scientific papers. His present work is focused on the theory of anticipatory systems, i.e. system able to take decisions according to their possible future development.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-63023-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)