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Sustainability Science

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 899–904 | Cite as

Future pasts: about a form of thought in modern society

  • Lucian HölscherEmail author
Special Feature: Overview Article The politics of making and un-making (sustainable) futures
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  1. Special Feature: The politics of making and un-making (sustainable) futures

Abstract

The construction of future pasts is a form of thinking about the present situation that plays a significant role in modern societies. We observe it in literature, in politics and in every day life. In constructing future pasts, we unburden the present situation from ambiguities that are always inherent in the present constellation as long as this constellation hasn’t gone past. In other words: future pasts eliminate alternatives in the present, closing the present to other options.

Keywords

Future Past Present Novel Time Fiction 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ruhr University BochumBochumGermany

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