Overview

By the time of his untimely death in 1983, Herman Kahn was recognized by both friends and intellectual adversaries as 'one of the world's most creative and best minds.' The current growing resurgence of interest in Kahn's ideas and intellectual legacy demonstrates the enduring relevance of his work. Yet, in spite of the constant influence of his arguments, there is a shortage of books summarizing Kahn's essential contributions, and thus his work is not as well known as it should be. The Essential Herman Kahn is ...
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The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking

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Overview

By the time of his untimely death in 1983, Herman Kahn was recognized by both friends and intellectual adversaries as 'one of the world's most creative and best minds.' The current growing resurgence of interest in Kahn's ideas and intellectual legacy demonstrates the enduring relevance of his work. Yet, in spite of the constant influence of his arguments, there is a shortage of books summarizing Kahn's essential contributions, and thus his work is not as well known as it should be. The Essential Herman Kahn is an attempt to cope with this predicament and offer the public for the first time an anthology consisting of the essence of Kahn's work, organized thematically. The two decades that have passed since his death allow us today to approach his work undisturbed by the 'sound and fury' of the many public debates and controversies he participated in and to focus on some of the deepest and most enduring dimensions of his intellectual contributions. The anthology will try to bring together, out of the several thousands pages published by Kahn during his life, the 'essential Kahn,' the most relevant, consequential and interesting themes, ideas and arguments defining his legacy. As such it will met the needs of those who are interested in Kahn's work but do not have the time and energy to access his out-of-print books, to make their way through the voluminous number of pages, and then to sort out the essential from the accidental, the perennial from the contextual.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739135143
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 286
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Dragos Aligica is senior fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Washington University, faculty fellow at the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy, associate faculty at the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. Kenneth R. Weinstein is chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Section 1. Thinking About the Unthinkable: Scenarios, Grand Strategy, and Thermonuclear War
Chapter 3 In Defense of Thinking
Chapter 4 Twelve Nonissues and Twelve Almost Nonissues
Chapter 5 The Revolution in Warfare: Continuities and Discontinuities
Chapter 6 On Escalation
Chapter 7 Seizing the Moral, Political, and Strategic High Ground
Chapter 8 Section 2. A World Turning Point: Economic Growth, Cultural Change, and the Long View
Chapter 9 The Big Picture?And Some Details: Watersheds of History
Chapter 10 Viewing Growth in Context
Chapter 11 Four Characteristic Views of Two Basic Images of the Earth-Centered Perspective
Chapter 12 Some Current Cultural Contradictions of Economic Growth: The New Emphases
Chapter 13 Economic Development: Economic and Cultural Parameters
Chapter 14 The Alienated-Affluent Society
Chapter 15 Section 3. The Challenge of the Future: Futurology, Methodology, and Policy Research
Chapter 16 The Objectives of Future-Oriented Policy Research
Chapter 17 The Agnostic Use of Information and Concepts
Chapter 18 Forecasting the Future. History Happens in Straight Lines and Curves
Chapter 19 A Methodological Framework: The Alternative World Futures Approach
Chapter 20 The Method of Classes of Variables
Chapter 21 Ways to Go Wrong
Chapter 22 Technological Innovation: Mistakes of Omission and Commission
Chapter 23 Section 4. The Task Ahead: Observations, Recommendations, and Parting Polemics
Chapter 24 The Normative Perspective and the Ideology of Tomorrow
Chapter 25 Transitional Problems
Chapter 26 The Expert and Educated Incapacity
Chapter 27 Current Western Cultural Trends
Chapter 28 Futurology and the Future of Economic Development
Chapter 29 The Task Ahead 30 Herman Kahn. A Bio-Bibliographical Note
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