The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

Hardcover | April 16, 2014

EditorElliot Samuel Paul, Scott Barry Kaufman

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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.

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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...

Elliot Samuel Paul is a philosopher who specializes in the history of early modern philosophy, theories of knowledge, and philosophical issues surrounding creativity. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from Yale University. He worked for two years as Assistant Professor/Bersoff Fellow at New Yo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 16, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. IntroductionElliot Samuel Paul and Scott Barry Kaufman: Introducing The Philosophy of CreativityII. The Concept of Creativity1. Bence Nanay: An Experiential Account of CreativityIII. Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art2. Gregory Currie: Creativity and Insight3. Noel Carroll: The Creative Audience: Some Ways in which Readers, Viewers and/or Listeners Use their Imaginations to Engage Fictional Artworks4. Christopher Peacocke: The Products of Musical CreativityIV. Ethics and Value Theory5. Owen Flanagan: Performing Oneself6. Matthew Kieran: Creativity as a Virtue of CharacterV. Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science7. Simon Blackburn: Creativity and Not So Dumb Luck8. Dustin Stokes: The Role of Imagination in Creativity9. Roy F. Baumeister, Brandon J. Schmeichel, and C. Nathan DeWall: Creativity, Consciousness, and Free Will: Evidence from Psychology Experiments10. Elizabeth Picciuto and Peter Carruthers: The Origins of Creativity11. Margaret Boden: Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: a Contradiction in Terms?VI. Philosophy of Science12. Dean Keith Simonton: Hierarchies of Creative Domains: Disciplinary Constraints on Blind-Variation and Selective-RetentionVII. Philosophy of Education (and Education of Philosophy)13. Berys Gaut: Educating for Creativity14. Alan Hujek: Philosophical Heuristics