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Philosophical Thought

Research into future and role of the concept “the image of future” therein

Zheltikova Inga Vladislavovna

PhD in Philosophy

Docent, the department of Philosophy and Culturology, Turgenev State University of Oryol

302025, Russia, Orlovskaya oblast', g. Orel, ul. Burova, 26

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Abstract: This article reviews the research approaches, the object of which is future as an element of relevant social reality. The author familiarizes the Russian audience with such trends in studying future as “realization of future”, “orientation towards future”, “foresight”, “projectivity”, “futures literacy”, “anticipation”, and “image of future”. An original interpretation is given to the concept “image of future” as a reflective of collective representations of future that imply a complete or almost complete picture, but yet non-existent social reality.  The author examines the existing methodologies for studying the images of future and proposes the original one – comprehensive humanity analysis, which allows finding common denominator of social expectations in various types of sources. Unlike other angles of viewing the representations on future, the image of future enables reconstructing the pictures of future that functioned in the past, ant correlate them with realistic future. Examination of the image of future allows assessing the inclusion of society into time perspective, its attitude towards the present, level of content with reality, as well as particularize the perceptions of the purpose of social development and social values, within which it exists. Studying the images of future functioning in the past can also help to understand the connection between representations on future and future itself; and in case of establishing such connection it can be extrapolated upon the images of the future of our present and our future.

Keywords: Projectivity, Prospective attitude, Future orientation, Futures Consciousness, methodology of the study, image of the future, Futures studies, Futures literacy, Anticipation, Prospection
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