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A Creative Philosophy of Anticipation
Futures in the Gaps of the Present

ISBN 9780367234560
Published April 26, 2021 by Routledge
282 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited collection highlights the valuable ontological and creative insights gathered from anticipation studies, which orients itself to the future in order to recreate the present.  

The gathered essays engage with many writers from speculative metaphysics to poetic philosophy, ancient writing systems to the fringes of pataphysics. The book situates itself as a creative intervention in and with various thinkers, designers, artists, scientists and poets to offer insight into ways of anticipating. It brings together philosophical practices for which creativity is both a fundamental area of consideration and a mode of working, a characterization of recent Continental Philosophy which takes a departure from traditional futures studies thinking.   

This book will be of interest to scholars and research in futures studies, anticipation, philosophy, creative practice and theories about creative practice, as well as the intersections between philosophy, creativity and business.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to a Creative Philosophy of Anticipation

Jamie Brassett and John O’Reilly

2. Anticipation, Creativity and Picture Perception

Mark Donoghue

3. Flowing or Frozen Anticipation? Runes and the Creativity of Time

Anne Marchais-Roubelat

4. Ernst Bloch’s Ontology of Not-Yet Being: Intuiting the Possibility of Anticipation’s Fulfilment

Nathaniel J.P. Barron

5. Are Scenarios Creative? Questioning Movement and Innovation in Anticipation Practices

Fabrice Roubelat

6. Becoming Other-wise as the Practice of Anticipation

John O’Reilly

7. For a Creative Ontology of the Future: An Ode to Love

Jamie Brassett

8. Inventive Devices and Public Issues: The Air Pollution Toile

Lucy Kimbell

9. The Anticipatory Power of the Objectile

Derek Hales

10. 2078/1978. Anticipation and the Contemporary

Jamie Brassett and John O’Reilly


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Jamie Brassett is Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation at University of the Arts London, UK. He has worked at Central Saint Martins since 1995, across all disciplines. Jamie started MA Innovation Management in 2008 and ran it for 11 years. He DJs better now than in the 1990s.

John O’Reilly is Senior Lecturer in Practice as Research, Teaching and Learning Exchange, University of the Arts London, UK. Philosopher, editor and journalist, John has specialisms in illustration, popular culture and recent Continental Philosophy.


"There is a societal need to diversify our thinking about the future, moving beyond the troubled metaphors of blank slates, open roads and sleek machinery. This collection seeks to broaden and deepen our philosophical understanding of anticipation, helpfully questioning how creativity and imagination can serve to reframe the present."

Cynthia Selin, Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society/ School of Sustainability/ Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes/ Arizona State University; Associate Fellow, Said Business School/University of Oxford