Journal of Futures Studies

The Return to Multi-Causality

by Mika Aaltonen

ABSTRACT

Causality is a concept, which needs to be considered carefully as the way we comprehend it has significant practical implications for the sciences as well as in business, and naturally to the way we understand and try to influence the emergence of the future. This article argues that although there might be some events that would usually be considered loose and separate with no “causal nexus” it is not necessary to give up the notion of causality as such. However, we do need to rehabilitate the conventional linear understanding of causality. For this rehabilitation, three perspectives – sensitiveness to initial conditions, circular causality and the emergence of final cause – provide a base for the theory.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084