Reflections on Marcus Anthony's Not-So- Integral Futures

by Richard A. Slaughter


As one who is extensively quoted in Anthony’s piece and who was also present at the event he describes I found his account and interpretations at variance with my own and this dissonance led to the following reflections. Equally, as one who helped pioneer critical futures studies, and who sees work of this kind as unreservedly positive, I very much welcome critiques of this and other approaches. Critique may even be thought of as the metaphorical ‘life-blood’ of disciplined enquiry. At minimum it helps to raise the quality of debate, to sort out what is of temporary and enduring value and to take perspectives beyond the limitations of individuals. This said, critique has its own discipline and this is partly where Anthony’s account falls down.(continue…)

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