Future Matters

Action, Knowledge, Ethics

Author: Barbara Adam,Chris Groves

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004161775

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

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Future Matters concerns contemporary approaches to the future - how the future is known, created and minded. In a social world whose pace continues to accelerate the future becomes an increasingly difficult terrain. While the focus of social life is narrowing down to the present, the futures we create on a daily basis cast ever longer shadows. Future Matters addresses this paradox and its deep ethical implications. It locates contemporary approaches to the future in a wider sociological and historical framework of practices, traces differences and continuities, and shows how contemporary practices of futures-construction make taking responsibility for futures all but impossible.

Marketing Law

Author: Peter Gillies,Niloufer Selvadurai

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862876996

Category: Competition, Unfair

Page: 366

View: 5595

Marketing Law covers Australian and applicable international laws applying to manufacturing, packaging, labelling, advertising, promotion, pricing and the sale of goods and services. The authors outline the applicable legal principles and legislation, and cover the extensive case law, with extracts of critical cases.There are 12 chapters: The Expression of Ideas - Copyright, Branding, Designs and Inventions, Consumer Protection, Defamation, Confidential Information, Unfair Selling Practices, Product Liability, Arrangements Restricting Competition, Exclusive Dealing, Misuse of Market Power, and Insurance.Topics covered include:statutory frameworks applying to copyright, designs, trade marks and patents; the common law tort of passing off applying to unfair selling practices; confidential information; potential defamatory liability; legislation in relation to product quality and liability; trade practices laws and the responsibilities of marketers; restrictive trade practices, with specific emphasis on the prohibitions on arrangements restricting competition, exclusive dealing and misuse of market power.

Professional Liability and Property Transactions

Author: Sharon Christensen,W. D. Duncan

Publisher: Federation Press

ISBN: 9781862875111

Category: Law

Page: 464

View: 1810

This book examines in detail the principles underpinning professional liability both at common law (tort and contract) and by reason of statute (Trade Practices Act and Fair Trading Acts) in the context of property professionals. It includes comprehensive coverage of the Civil Liability Acts. The early chapters deal with the sources of professional liability. They include an analysis of remedies for breach of professional obligations generally and of procedural issues, such as limitation of actions, expert evidence, apportionment and contributory negligence in the setting of professional liability. The heart of the book is original and accessible material on the measure of damages as it relates to the liability of the various professionals who become involved in property transactions. There are further chapters on the liability of lenders and local authorities as organisations commonly involved. It is an essential reference for any barrister, solicitor or other professional directly or indirectly involved in litigation in this area, as well as property lawyers. With a Foreword by The Hon Justice Ian Callinan. For more detailed information about the book's purpose and structure, please read the extract from the Preface, below.

Putting Skeptics in Their Place

The Nature of Skeptical Arguments and Their Role in Philosophical Inquiry

Author: John Greco

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521045537

Category: Philosophy

Page: 284

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This work is about the nature of skeptical arguments and their role in philosophical enquiry. John Greco argues that the importance of skeptical arguments lies in their methodology.

Because the Future Matters

Let's Stop Letting Modern Economics and Our Energy Addiction Ruin Almost Everything!

Author: John M. Braden

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519399410


Page: 400

View: 2878

While outside the current mainstream, this book describes and advocates Intelligent National Frugality, a proposed new approach to human economic and social activity. Instead of promoting mindless consumerism the INF approach focuses on human communities, human aspirations and real human needs. It also places a very high value on environmental concerns, including the need to steadily reduce humanity's greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps surprisingly, the INF approach can be combined with free enterprise, with socialism or with any combination of the two. By rejecting the foolish and risky ideology of endless growth, the approach opens a great many doors-ethical doors as well as economics ones-that arguably lead to a far more satisfactory and a far worthier human society, for our descendants as well as for ourselves.

As If the Future Mattered

Translating Social and Economic Theory Into Human Behavior

Author: Neva R. Goodwin

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472106400

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 313

View: 6534

Explores how society can learn to care about the future

Perfect Ending

Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today

Author: Robert Jeffress

Publisher: Worthy Publishing

ISBN: 1617953474

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 4184

What Does Christ’s Return Have To Do With Your Life Today? Do you consider yourself a “panmillenialist”? When it comes to the end times, do you believe everything will just pan out in the end? It’s easy to slip into apathy when it comes to Christ’s return, especially since many people in recent years have falsely predicted the end of the world. The danger of false predictions is that they discourage us from preparing for the actual event—an event that will happen and does matter right now. As popular Bible teacher Dr. Robert Jeffress shows in Perfect Ending, we may not know when Christ will return, but the Bible offers many details about what the end times look like. Understanding these biblical prophecies not only gives us greater peace about the future, it draws us to God in the present. Strengthen your biblical knowledge and your spiritual life through this powerful look at the future God promises for every follower of Christ.

The Economics of Enough

How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters

Author: Diane Coyle

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838110

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 5560

The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many people regret the consumerism and social corrosion of modern life. What these crises have in common, Diane Coyle argues, is a reckless disregard for the future--especially in the way the economy is run. How can we achieve the financial growth we need today without sacrificing a decent future for our children, our societies, and our planet? How can we realize what Coyle calls "the Economics of Enough"? Running the economy for tomorrow as well as today will require a wide range of policy changes. The top priority must be ensuring that we get a true picture of long-term economic prospects, with the development of official statistics on national wealth in its broadest sense, including natural and human resources. Saving and investment will need to be encouraged over current consumption. Above all, governments will need to engage citizens in a process of debate about the difficult choices that lie ahead and rebuild a shared commitment to the future of our societies. Creating a sustainable economy--having enough to be happy without cheating the future--won't be easy. But The Economics of Enough starts a profoundly important conversation about how we can begin--and the first steps we need to take.

Future: All That Matters

Author: Ziauddin Sardar

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444190067

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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In Future: All That Matters, Ziauddin Sardar shows that thinking and speculating about the future has always been a part of human history, but exploring the futures in a systematic and scientific way is a recent phenomenon. What is known variously as 'futures studies', 'futurology' or 'foresight' only emerged as a discipline during the last few decades. The study of the future, however, is not only about 'predicting' or 'forecasting' the future, which is always a perilous exercise. It is also about appreciating the potentials and possibilities, as well as risks and threats, lurking over the horizon. It can enable us both to avoid the dangers as well as shape a viable and desirable future. This book explores the exciting field of futures studies, and shows how knowledge of the future is acquired and put into practice. We examine various methods for studying the future, with the emphasis not so much on predicting specific events but on delineating alternative paths to the future. We look at some celebrated readings of the future as well as case studies where exploration of the future has been used to shape policy and planning in businesses and communities, international organisations and regional institutions, and interest and lobby groups. Finally, the book suggests why and how in an increasingly complex, uncertain and diverse world, the study of the future can help people recover their agency and help them to create the world in which they wish to live. This accessible and readable book will appeal both to students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to thinking about the future - and what matters most about it.

The Future of Representative Democracy

Author: Sonia Alonso,John Keane,Wolfgang Merkel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139501178

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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The Future of Representative Democracy poses important questions about representation, representative democracy and their future. Inspired by the last major investigation of the subject by Hanna Pitkin over four decades ago, this ambitious volume fills a major gap in the literature by examining the future of representative forms of democracy in terms of present-day trends and past theories of representative democracy. Aware of the pressing need for clarifying key concepts and institutional trends, the volume aims to break down barriers among disciplines and to establish an interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars. The contributors emphasise that representative democracy and its future is a subject of pressing scholarly concern and public importance. Paying close attention to the unfinished, two-centuries-old relationship between democracy and representation, this book offers a fresh perspective on current problems and dilemmas of representative democracy and the possible future development of new forms of democratic representation.

Future Cities: All That Matters

Author: Camilla Ween

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 144419612X

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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In Future Cities: All that Matters Camilla Ween will outline the challenges of meeting the anticipated growth of world cities over the next few decades. By 2030 it is predicted that between 80-90 % of the world's population will be living in cities, in several countries this will be 100%; Singapore is already classified as having a 100% urban population. There will be many cities with populations of over 20 million. The infrastructure required to support these cities will be a massive challenge for city planners and governments. Never in the history of civilisation has the need to deliver so much been so urgent - and with dwindling world resources. Tackling the challenges will be further complicated by pressure to develop solutions that are sustainable and include climate change mitigation measures. Some advocate geo-engineering - the large-scale engineering and manipulation of the world's environment e.g. ocean fertilisation to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, as the answer to tackling climate change. Others see this as a doomsday scenario and believe the solution lies in behaviour adaptation, changing the way we live and making do with less. Despite the difficulties, the book will chart how some cities are already tackling the problems, policies that are emerging to meet these challenges and will highlight innovations that are currently being explored.

The Future of European Social Democracy

Building the Good Society

Author: H. Meyer,J. Rutherford

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230355048

Category: Social Science

Page: 235

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European social democracy is in crisis. In the last decade it has ceased to be about either society or democracy. The authors explore its values, how it can be revived and what kind of political economy it requires to thrive. This book includes a foreword by the two leaders of the 'Building the Good Society' project, Andrea Nahles and Jon Cruddas.

The Foreseeable Future for Water Planning

Time to Change

Author: Andrew James Segrave

Publisher: IWA Publishing

ISBN: 1780406126

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 568

People and societies conceptualise and experience time in fundamentally different ways. This basic aspect of perception significantly influences the way we frame problems and conceive solutions. This book shows how time perspectives differ across national cultures and across professional roles. It shows how these differences generate ambiguity when it comes to defining problems and devising solutions in the water sector. This is especially important when dealing with problems such as Sustainable Water Resources Management and Climate Change that involve (culturally and professionally) diverse stakeholders. Response strategies to such problems inherently require concerted action because of the large spatial and temporal scale on which they take place and to minimise the occurrence of conflicting interventions. This disparity between diverse problem perceptions and the need for collective understanding and united action is increasingly recognised as an important concern in the field of water resource management. The conclusions are important because the time horizons considered in planning and setting research agendas influence what problems are perceived, what questions are asked, and what solutions are sought. In general, more time needs to be invested in framing problems. This is particularly important for participatory planning and transdisciplinary research where the diversity in Motivational Space is greatest. It is recommended that Motivational Space be collectively and explicitly framed from the outset of all planning projects, especially in terms of Temporal Extent. When it comes to setting research agendas it is important to match the Motivational Space of those who prioritize the questions with the goal of the research programme. Author: Andrew James Segrave, KWR Watercycle Research Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Die Gegenwart der Zukunft

Perspektiven zeitkritischer Wissenspolitik

Author: Stefan Böschen,Kurt Weis

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531904043

Category: Social Science

Page: 302

View: 7744

Die Zukunft wurde in modernen Gesellschaften als Horizont unbegrenzter Möglichkeiten wissenschaftlich-technischer und damit auch gesellschaftlicher Entwicklung begriffen. Dieser optimistischen Sichtweise entgegengesetzt zeigt sich heute, wie sehr gegenwärtiges Handeln diesen Horizont von Möglichkeiten gerade begrenzt. In der Folge muss Fortschritt neu bewertet, Zukunft bewusst gestaltet werden. Entsprechend verschieben sich die Muster gesellschaftlicher Zeitstrukturierung, die analytisch als Zeitlandschaften erfasst werden. Die mit diesen Verschiebungen verbundenen Konflikte provozieren Rufe nach einer Zeitpolitik. Mit Blick auf die Risikobewältigung in spätmodernen Gesellschaften werden in diesem Band Probleme und Perspektiven einer zeitkritischen Wissenspolitik diskutiert.

A Companion to the Philosophy of Time

Author: Adrian Bardon,Heather Dyke

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118522052

Category: Philosophy

Page: 600

View: 2899

A Companion to the Philosophy of Time presents thebroadest treatment of this subject yet; 32 specially commissionedarticles - written by an international line-up of experts –provide an unparalleled reference work for students and specialistsalike in this exciting field. The most comprehensive reference work on the philosophy of timecurrently available The first collection to tackle the historical development ofthe philosophy of time in addition to covering contemporarywork Provides a tripartite approach in its organization, coveringhistory of the philosophy of time, time as a feature of thephysical world, and time as a feature of experience Includes contributions from both distinguished,well-established scholars and rising stars in the field