The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays by Elliot Samuel PaulThe Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays by Elliot Samuel Paul

The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

EditorElliot Samuel Paul, Scott Barry Kaufman

Paperback | May 29, 2017

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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? Howdoes 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 thedifference 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 withempirical research.
Elliot Samuel Paul is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University, and is co-founder of The Creativity Post (, a non-profit web platform that features quality content on creativity, innovation and imagination. Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is scientific director of the Imagination Institu...
Title:The Philosophy of Creativity: New EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:338 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:May 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

"The editors have done a very good job. It is a good place to start. The anthology is a useful resource to get both familiar with creativity, e.g. for students and researcher, but also to be inspired to raise new questions about this multifaceted concept. Many authors thank the editors, so doI." --Metapsychology Online Reviews