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The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

by Elliot Samuel Paul, Scott Barry Kaufman


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The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199836963
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/09/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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 Institute and investigates the measurement and development of imagination, creativity and well-being in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written or edited seven books, including Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire) and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. He is also co-founder of The Creativity Post, host of The Psychology Podcast, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American. Kaufman lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
Introducing The Philosophy of Creativity Elliot Samuel Paul and Scott Barry Kaufman

II. The Concept of Creativity
1. An Experiential Account of Creativity Bence Nanay

III. Aesthetics & Philosophy of Art
2. Creativity and Insight Gregory Currie
3. The Creative Audience: Some Ways in which Readers, Viewers and/or Listeners Use their Imaginations to Engage Fictional Artworks Noël Carroll
4. The Products of Musical Creativity Christopher Peacocke

IV. Ethics & Value Theory
5. Performing Oneself Owen Flanagan
6. Creativity as a Virtue of Character Matthew Kieran

V. Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive Science
7. Creativity and Not So Dumb Luck Simon Blackburn
8. The Role of Imagination in Creativity Dustin Stokes
9. Creativity, Consciousness, and Free Will: Evidence from Psychology Experiments Roy F. Baumeister, Brandon J. Schmeichel, and C. Nathan DeWall
10. The Origins of Creativity Elizabeth Picciuto and Peter Carruthers
11. Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: a Contradiction in Terms? Margaret Boden

VI. Philosophy of Science
12. Hierarchies of Creative Domains: Disciplinary Constraints on Blind-Variation and Selective-Retention Dean Keith Simonton

VII. Philosophy of Education (& Education of Philosophy)
13. Educating for Creativity Berys Gaut
14. Philosophical Heuristics Alan Hájek

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