A Brief History of the Future of World Society


  • Mark Herkenrath University of Zurich
  • Claudia König University of Zurich
  • Hanno Scholtz University of Zurich




Earlier versions of the articles in this issue were presented and discussed atthe international symposium on ?The Future of World Society,? held in June 2004 at the University of Zurich.¹ The theme of the symposium implied two assumptions. One, there is in fact a world society, though still very much in formation. And two, as social scientists we are in a position to predict the future of that society with at least some degree of certainty. The ?rst of these assumptions will be addressed in Alberto Martinelli?s timely contribution, ?From World System to World Society?? It is the second assumption which is of interest to us in this introduction. Are the social sciences really able to predict the future of world society?




How to Cite

Herkenrath, M., König, C., & Scholtz, H. (2005). A Brief History of the Future of World Society. Journal of World-Systems Research, 11(2), 159–169. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2005.391



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