Abstract

Abstract:

This article examines the sociologist Daniel Bell's interest in future research. Future research, to Bell, had as its particular purpose to ensure forms of coordination and steering acceptable to a liberal society. By examining Bell’s interest in future research and the activities of the Commission on the Year 2000, the essay proposes that future research played a role in Cold War intellectual history as a particular form of planning for the liberal polity. This idea of planning a liberal society changed decisively, however, between 1965 and 1975.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 661-682
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-22
Open Access
No
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