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Handbook of Anticipation

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


  • 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

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Table of contents (77 entries)

  1. An Investigation of Futures Studies Scholarly Literature

    • Thomas Gauthier, Sylvaine Mercuri Chapuis
  2. Anticipation and Design Inquiry

    • Manuela Celi, Andrew Morrison
  3. Anticipation and Eschatology

    • Andrew Cyprian Love
  4. Anticipation and Narratology

    • Genevieve Liveley
  5. Anticipation Dialogues

    • Tom Erik Arnkil
  6. Anticipation in Agriculture

    • Mario Giampietro
  7. Anticipation in Built Environment Design

    • Daniele Fanzini, Irina Rotaru, Isabella Bergamini
  8. Anticipation in Cyber-Security

    • Jan M. Ahrend, Marina Jirotka
  9. Anticipation in Medicine and Healthcare: Implications for Improving Safety and Quality

    • Thomas O. Staiger, Patricia A. Kritek, Gang Luo, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch

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.


  • Future Studies Anticipation
  • Modeling Anticiaption
  • Impredicative Systems Anticipation
  • Anticipation Ontology
  • Physics Anticipation
  • Biology Anticipation
  • Psychology Anticipation
  • Anthropology Anticipation
  • Sociology Anticipation
  • Economics Anticipation
  • Political Science Anticipation
  • Philosophy Anticipation
  • Physics Future Studies
  • Biology Future Studies
  • Psychology Future Studies
  • Anthropology Future Studies
  • Sociology Future Studies
  • Economics Future Studies
  • Political Science Future Studies
  • Philosophy Future Studies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Dept of Sociology & Social Research, University of Trento Dept of Sociology & Social Research, Trento, Italy

    Roberto Poli

About the editor

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: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Religion and Philosophy, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences, Reference Module Humanities

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-31737-3Due: 27 February 2018

  • Topics: Philosophy, general, Operations Research/Decision Theory, Personality and Social Psychology