The Creativity Question

The Creativity Question

By: Albert Rothenberg (editor), Carl R. Hausman (editor)Paperback

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Albert Rothenberg, a psychiatrist, and Carl R. Hausman, a philosopher, have prepared a truly comprehensive interdisciplinary book of readings on creativity. This group of selections from the works of writers in psychiatry, philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, and education brings together, for the first time, major theoretical works, outstanding empirical findings, and discussions of the definition and nature of creativity. The organization of The Creativity Question is unique: it illustrates the various approaches and basic assumptions underlying studies of creativity throughout the course of history up to the present time. The main body of selections appears under the categories of descriptions, attempts at explanation, and alternate approaches. As specific orientations to creativity can be traced to particular initiating thinkers and investigators, there is a special chapter on seminal accounts containing selections from the works of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Galton, and Freud. Another chapter includes recent illustrations of special types of exploratory trends: creativity of women, brain research, synectics, extrasensory perception, behaviorism, and creativity computer programming. This organization highlights the tension between strictly scientific accounts and alternative approaches offering new ways of understanding. The editors have provided for the books as a whole and for each chapter explanation and discussion of the basic issues raised by the various approaches to creativity.


Preface xi Introduction: The Creativity Question 3 1. Seminal Accounts Introduction 27 Inspiration / Plato 31 Creation as Making / Aristotle 33 Genius Gives the Rules / Immanuel Kant 37 Genius As Inherited / Francis Galton 42 Creative Writers and Daydreaming / Sigmund Freud 48 2. Descriptive Accounts Introduction 55 Creation as Craft / Edgar Allan Poe 57 Fancy and Imagination / Samuel Taylor Coleridge 61 The Role of Hunches in Scientific Thought / Walter Bradford Cannon 63 Stages in the Creative Process / Graham Wallas 69 Creative Thought in Artists / Catherine Patrick 73 Genius and Insanity / Cesare Lombroso 79 Creativity in Self-Actualizing People / Abraham H. Maslow 86 3. Explanations 1: Forms and Scope Introduction 93 The Teleology of the Creative Act / Brand Blanshard 97 Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry / Jacques Maritain 104 Biosociation in Creation / Arthur Koestler 108 Life and Creation / Otto Rank 114 On the Relation of Analytic Psychology to Poetic Art / Carl G. Jung 120 Unconscious Processes in the Artist / Harry B. Lee 127 On Preconscious Mental Processes / Ernst Kris 135 Creation and Neurosis / Lawrence S.Kubie 143 Unconscious Scanning and Dedifferentiation in Artistic Perception / Anton Ehrenzweig 149 Perceptual Modes and Creation / Ernest G. Schachtel 153 Concern for Discovery in the Creative Process / Jacob W. Getzels and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 161 Psychology Approaches to Creativity in Science / Anne Roe 165 Architects, Personality Types, and Creativity / Donald W. MacKinnon 175 The Psychology of Creativity / Frank Barron 189 Creativity and Intelligence in Children / Michael A. Wallach and Nathan Kogan 208 Education and Creativity / E. Paul Torrance 217 The Associative Basis of the Creative Process / Sarnoff A. Mednick 227 4. Explanations 2: Special Trends Introduction 238 Women and Creativity / Ravenna Helson 242 Metaphor and Invention / William J. J. Gordon 250 Creativity and the Bisected Brain / Joseph E. Bogen and Glenda M. Bogen 256 Extrasensory Perception and Creativity / Stanley Krippner and Gardner Murphy 262 A Behavioral Model of Creation / B. F. Skinner 267 A Computer Model Approach to Creativity / Herbert F. Crovitz 273 5. Alternative Approaches Introduction 280 A Rejection of Determinism / Charles Sanders Peirce 282 Emergent Novelty / C. Lloyd Morgan 288 Creation as Unpredictable / Henri Bergson 291 Toward a Theory of Creativity / Carl R. Rogers 296 On the Creation of Art / Monroe C. Beardsley 305 The Process of Janusian Thinking in Creativity / Albert Rothenberg 311 Intuition and Expression in Art / Benedetto Croce 327 Consciousness and Attention in Art / R. G. Collingwood 334 Creativity and Rationalism / Carl R. Hausman 343 Selected Bibliography 352

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  • ISBN13: 9780822303541
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780822303541
  • ISBN10: 082230354X

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