The present is a knife’s edge : St. Augustine’s philosophical presentism and the politics of expectation
Summary, in English
This paper highlights the relevance of the philosophical presentism of 5th century philosopher and theologian Saint Augustine of Hippo for present day science and technology studies of the future as a socio-technical entity. Drawing on examples from three empirical studies into the production and use of predictions in mineral exploration, literary publishing, and pandemic management the paper explores how the future’s non-existence – a central tenet of presentism – play into the politics of the present and how actors and organizations use projections of possible futures to make sense of and shape the room for action in the present.
- Department of Sociology
Conference paper: abstract
2022-07-06 - 2022-07-09
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