Published by the Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company in 1973, this scarce copy of Elise Boulding's (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado; Project Director, Institute of Behavioural Science, University of Colorado) translation from the Dutch of Fred Polak's "The image of the future" is in very good condition with some rubbing wear to the dust-jacket (please see photos), it also has the previous owner's name written in pen on the front end-page. Otherwise it is undamaged, clean and tightly bound.
"Is man at present a self-willed being who creates his own future; or is he a time-bound creature clinging desperately to today for fear of what tomorrow may bring? Fred Polak believes the latter and explains his theory by comparing the major upheavals in our history when man truly created images of the future - the Enlightenment, the Renaissance, the first Industrial Revolution - with today's indifferent pattern.
The author insists upon the primacy of the man's creative ability for imaging the future, which shapes the dynamics of the historical process. He explicitly discusses the future of Western Civilization and emphasizes the importance of imaging in determining its development. As a result intellectual modeling and spiritual-intuition should reach beyond current modes of cognition to synthesize immanence and transcendence, man and the supernatural.
A growing number of scholars concerned with futurology, social and political thought and philosophy will appreciate the author's totally new method of presenting the evolution of ideas and its relation to social change. It will also grip the imagination of many non-academics who seek to understand the past and the seemingly incredible future that awaits us."