Creativity, Psychology and the History of Science / Edition 1

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‘Creativity, Psychology, and the History of Science’ offers for the first time a comprehensive overview of the oeuvre of Howard E. Gruber, who is noted for his contributions both to the psychology of creativity and to the history of science. Gruber is a pioneer in combining history of science and cognitive psychology by means of detailed and meticulous case studies. His award-winning books 'Darwin on man' and 'The essential Piaget' are both modern classics.

The present book includes papers from a wide range of topics. In the contributions to creativity research, Gruber proposes his key ideas for studying creative work. Gruber focuses on how the thinking, motivation and affect of extraordinarily creative individuals evolve and how they interact over long periods of time. Gruber’s approach bridges many disciplines and subdisciplines in psychology and beyond, several of which are represented in the present volume: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, history of science, aesthetics, and politics. The volume thus presents a unique and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the creative process. Many of Gruber's papers have not previously been easily accessible; they are presented here in thoroughly revised form. The book is for psychologists, historians and philosophers of science interested in the intersection of psychology and the history of science.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Katja Bödeker

A Life with a Purpose

The Creative Person as a Whole
The Evolving Systems Approach to the Study of Creative Work

The Case Study Method and Evolving Systems Approach for
Understanding Unique Creative People at Work

Inching Our Way up Mount Olympus:
The Evolving-Systems Approach to Creative Thinking

Networks of Enterprise in Creative Scientific Work

The Case Study That Started It All: Charles Darwin

The Eye of Reason: Darwin’s Development during the Beagle Voyage

The Emergence of a Sense of Purpose:
A Cognitive Case Study of Young Darwin

Going the Limit:
Toward the Construction of Darwin’s Theory (1832-1839)

Diverse Relations between Psychology and Evolutionary Thought

Facets of the Creative Process:
Insight, Point of View and Repetition

Creativity and the Constructive Function of Repetition

On the Relation between "Aha Experiences" and the Construction of Ideas

The Cooperative Synthesis of Disparate Points of View

The Stuff of Experience

From Perception to Thought

Darwin’s "Tree of Nature" and Other Images of Wide Scope

Ensembles of Metaphors in Creative Scientific Thinking

The Life Space of a Scientist:
The Visionary Function and Other Aspects of Jean Piaget’s Thinking

Tracking the Ordinary Course of Development:
Piagetian Reflections

The Development of Object Permanence in the Cat

Introduction to the Essential Piaget

Piaget’s Mission

Which Way Is Up? A Developmental Question

Coping with the Extraordinary:
On the Relation between Giftedness and Creativity

On the Hypothesized Relation Between Giftedness and Creativity

The Self-Construction of the Extraordinary

Giftedness and Moral Responsibility:
Creative Thinking and Human Survival

Creativity in the Moral Domain

Creativity in the Moral Domain:
Ought Implies Can Implies Create

Creativity and Human Survival

Peace and Further Conditions for Human Welfare

Man or Megaperson? Peace Research, Where Is It Going? Optimism and the Inventor’s Paradigm

Bibliography of H.E. Gruber’s Writings

Cited References

Subject Index

Name Index

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