Creativity and Philosophy

Creativity and Philosophy

By: Berys Gaut (editor), Matthew Kieran (editor)Paperback

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Creativity matters. We want people to be more creative and admire those who are. Yet creativity is deeply puzzling. Just what is it to be creative? Why is it valuable? Who or what can be creative and how? Creativity and Philosophy is an outstanding collection of specially commissioned chapters by leading philosophers who explore these problems and many more. It provides a comprehensive and creative picture of creativity, including the following themes: creativity as a virtue, imagination, epistemic virtue, moral virtue and personal vice; creativity with and without value, the definition of creativity, creative failures and suffering; creativity in nature, divine creativity and human agency; naturalistic explanations of creativity and the extended mind; creativity in philosophy, mathematics and logic, and the role of heuristics; creativity in art, morality and politics; individual and group creativity. A major feature of the collection is that it explores creativity not only from the perspective of art and aesthetics, but also from a variety of philosophical disciplines, including epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, philosophy of science, political philosophy and ethics. The volume is essential reading for anyone fascinated by creativity, whether their interests lie in philosophy, music, art and visual studies, literature, psychology, neuroscience, management or education, or they are simply intent on learning more about this vital human trait.

About Author

Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, UK. Matthew Kieran is Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds, UK.


Introduction: Philosophising about Creativity Berys Gaut and Matthew Kieran Part 1: Creativity as a Virtue 1. Creativity, Value and Intellectual Virtue Robert Audi 2. Intellectual Creativity Jason Baehr 3. Creativity and Knowledge Katherine Hawley 4. Creativity, Vanity and Narcissism Matthew Kieran Part 2: Creativity and Value 5. Creativity Without Value Alison Hills and Alexander Bird 6. Explicating 'Creativity' Paisley Livingston 7. The Value of Creativity Berys Gaut 8. The Active and Passive Life of Creativity: An Essay in a Platonic Key Charles Taliaferro and Meredith Varie 9. Artistic Creativity and Suffering Jennifer Hawkins Part 3: Creativity and Agency 10. Creativity and Biology Margaret Boden 11. Attributing Creativity Elliot Paul and Dustin Stokes Part 4: Explaining Creativity 12. Explaining Creativity Maria Kronfeldner 13. Talking about More than Heads: The Embodied, Embedded and Extended Creative Mind Michael Wheeler 14. The Social Conditions for Sustainable Technological Innovation Stephen Davies Part 5: Creativity in Philosophy and Mathematics 15. Conceptual Creativity in Philosophy and Logic Michael Beaney 16. Creating Heuristics for Philosophical Creativity Alan Hajek 17. The Art of Doing Mathematics Christian Wenzel Part 6: Creativity in Art, Morality and Politics 18. Creativity as an Artistic Merit James Grant 19. Moral Imaginativeness, Moral Creativity and Possible Futures Tim Mulgan 20. Political Creativity: A Skeptical View Matthew Noah Smith. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781138827684
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 394
  • ID: 9781138827684
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 1138827681

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