Creativity

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Overview

Creativity explores the moral dimensions of creativity in science in a systematic and comprehensive way. A work of applied philosophy, professional ethics, and philosophy of science, the book argues that scientific creativity often constitutes moral creativity—the production of new and morally variable outcomes. At the same time, creative ambitions have a dark side that can lead to professional misconduct and harmful effects on society and the environment. In this work, creativity is generally defined as the development of new and valuable outcomes such as significant truths, illuminating explanations, or useful technological products. Virtue and accompanying ideals are emphasized as a moral framework. Intellectual virtues, such as love of truth, intellectual honesty, and intellectual courage, are themselves moral virtues. Further moral topics concerning scientific creativity are explored: serendipity and its connection with moral luck, the paradoxes of moral motivation, scientific misconduct arising from unbalanced creative ambitions, forbidden knowledge, creative teaching and leadership in science, and the role of scientific creativity in good lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Alex Rosenberg
Creativity is a virtue that the norms of science have been shaped to harness. Like all institutions, science succeeds only imperfectly in channeling creativity into fruitful advance and application. Martin's book is the first to address the way in which creative scientific talents interact with the professional norms of applied and pure research to produce its more praiseworthy scientists and their achievements, as well as those whose creative efforts circumvent and fall afoul of science's rules of conduct. This is a book that makes the topic of professional ethics more than just an obligatory subject. It makes it an interesting one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739120538
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike W. Martin is professor of philosophy at Chapman University. He is the author of twelve books, including Ethics in Engineering (McGraw-Hill) and Meaningful Work: Rethinking Professional Ethics (Oxford).

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Creativity and Ethics Chapter 2 What Is Creativity? Chapter 3 Intellectual Virtues Chapter 4 Paradoxes of Motivation Chapter 5 Serendipity Chapter 6 Scientific Misconduct Chapter 7 Forbidden Knowledge Chapter 8 Leadership Chapter 9 Teaching Chapter 10 Good Lives

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