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Anticipation and future vision in Nicolai Hartmann's ontology

Carlo Scognamiglio (Based at Facoltà di Filosofia, Università di Roma “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 June 2010

Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to explore anticipation from an ontological point of view and to analyze in particular some of Nicolai Hartmann's ideas.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents a conceptual analysis of an ontological theory of anticipation.

Findings

Analyzing philosophical problems related to “futures” and “anticipation”, to the framework of modal categories, and connecting Hartmann with Ludwig von Bertalanffy and comparing the outcome with some Artistotelian theses, offers a philosophical perspective on futures studies.

Research limitations/implications

The “human” phenomenon of anticipation will be defined as possibly the only form of authentic anticipation, interpreted as a teleological act.

Originality/value

The result is obtained through the distinction, articulated for each level of reality, among different kinds of determination.

Keywords

Citation

Scognamiglio, C. (2010), "Anticipation and future vision in Nicolai Hartmann's ontology", Foresight, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 50-58. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636681011049875

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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