Handbook of Anticipation

Theoretical and Applied Aspects of the Use of Future in Decision Making

  • Roberto Poli
  • Comprehensive overview of use of Anticipation in Decision making processes

  • Presents research from a variety of fields such as: Biology, ecology, psychology, social sciences, humanities, engineering, computer science

  • Contains an historical overview of leading thinkers as: Edmund Husserl, Nicolai Hartmann, Ernst Bloch, Gaston Berger, Bertrand de Jouvenel, John W. Bennet, Piotr Anhokin, Robert Rosen

Living reference work

About this book


This Handbook presents the state of the art overview of current research on anticipation studies. It develops anticipation from both the theoretical and applied points of view.  Via this comprehensive overview of the research on anticipation, this Handbook makes clear that anticipation is a serious topic of research that can and should be connected to Futures Studies research, perspectives and orientation. The Handbook uses the anticipatory viewpoint as a unifying framework able both to stop the progressive fragmentation of the human and social sciences and begin a process aimed at progressively closer integration, mutual knowledge and dialogue among the human and social sciences. It sets the agenda for the field, helps futures studies to come of age, and contributes to changing the orientation of the human and social sciences from their dominant past-orientation to a new future-orientation. 

The Handbook presents research from a variety of fields such as: Biology, ecology, psychology, social sciences, humanities, engineering, and computer science. The editorial board consists of scholars from various sciences, such as futurists, sociologists, economists, statisticians, computer scientists, designers and game builders.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Poli
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Sociology & Social ResearchUniversity of Trento Dept of Sociology & Social ResearchTrentoItaly

About the editors

Roberto Poli (PhD Utrecht) is Professor of philosophy at the University of Trento (Italy). Poli has been awarded the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems, is fellow of WAAS—World Academy of Art and Science, STIAS—Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, and IAS – Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol. Poli is editor-in-chief of Axiomathes (Springer) 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

  • Book Title Handbook of Anticipation
  • Book Subtitle Theoretical and Applied Aspects of the Use of Future in Decision Making
  • Editors Roberto Poli
  • DOI
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Springer Reference Religion and Philosophy Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31737-3
  • Edition Number 0
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy, general
    Operations Research/Decision Theory
    Personality and Social Psychology