The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

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Creativity pervades human life. It is the mark of individuality, the vehicle of self-expression, and the engine of progress in every human endeavor. It also raises a wealth of neglected and yet evocative philosophical questions: What is the role of consciousness in the creative process? How does the audience for a work for art influence its creation? How can creativity emerge through childhood pretending? Do great works of literature give us insight into human nature? Can a computer program really be creative? How do we define creativity in the first place? Is it a virtue? What is the difference between creativity in science and art? Can creativity be taught? The new essays that comprise The Philosophy of Creativity take up these and other key questions and, in doing so, illustrate the value of interdisciplinary exchange. Written by leading philosophers and psychologists involved in studying creativity, the essays integrate philosophical insights with empirical research.Malcolm Bradbury, the cofounder of the first U.K. graduate creative writing course at the University of East Anglia, said that its premise was that a€œstudents can be taught to write like they might be taught to mend a cara€ (Bell and Magrs 2001, p.

Title:The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays
Author:Elliot Samuel Paul, Scott Barry Kaufman
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2014-04-11


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