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Foundations of Futures Studies


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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface to the 2004 Edition
1. Values in Utopian Thought
2. Making Value Judgments Objectively: How do We Decide What is Preferable?
3. Some Practical Strategies for Judging Preferable Futures
4. Universal Human Values
5. The Quantity of Human Life
6. What Human Values Ought to be Changed?
References (2004)
About the Author

About the Author

Wendell Bell is professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University, where he also served as chair of the department. Bell has written more than 200 articles and authored or co-authored numerous books, including Social Area Analysis, Public Leadership, and Foundations of Futures Studies (two volumes).


"While the tone is sedate, Bell's ideas often strike sparks.... Bell concludes futurologists must (and sociologists should) discuss how society ought to be, because our survival depends on our soon restoring the 'good' to scientific inquiry into the human condition." - Arthur B. Shostak, Contemporary Sociology; "This book is a masterpiece! It makes an extraordinary contribution to studies of the future." - Allen Tough, University of Toronto; "A truly remarkable book, reflecting a life-long study of the future and scholarship of the highest order...visionary - in the best sense of the term." - Amitai Etzioni, George Washington University"

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