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Futures studies and the human sciences: the case for normative scenarios

Author: James Ogilvy
Organisation: Transaction Publishers
Publish Date: 2004
Country: Global
Sector: Research
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Strategic Thinking
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Disciplines, Scenarios, Anthropology, Existentialism, Sociology

Mentions two objectives in this study - justifying normative scenarios and rethinking the place of futures studies in the context of other academic disciplines. One possible strategy for linking these two objectives would be to argue, from accepted ideas about what constitutes a science, that futures studies is indeed a science, but that, because we are good, caring people, we will use this science for the betterment of humankind by developing normative scenarios. We might place futures studies on the firm foundations of accepted science and then, on the strength of that foundation manoeuvre, make the further argument that a good science must be an ethical science.
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