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The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays

Elliot Samuel Paul and Scott Barry Kaufman


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 philosophical questions, but curiously, it hasn’t been a major topic in contemporary philosophy. The Philosophy of Creativity ventures to change that. Illustrating the value of interdisciplinary exchange, this is a series of new essays from some of today’s leading thinkers integrating philosophical insights with empirical research. Join them as they explore such issues as the role of consciousness in the creative process ... More

Keywords: creativity, imagination, innovation, consciousness, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, philosophy, aesthetics, insight, virtue, interdisciplinary, philosophy of mind, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199836963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199836963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elliot Samuel Paul, editor
Barnard College

Scott Barry Kaufman, editor
New York University

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Part One Introduction


Elliot Samuel Paul, and Scott Barry Kaufman

Part Two The Concept of Creativity

Part Three Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

3 The Creative Audience

Noël Carroll

Part Four Ethics and Value Theory

5 Performing Oneself

Owen Flanagan

Part Five Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

9 Creativity and Consciousness

Roy F. Baumeister, Brandon J. Schmeichel, and C. Nathan DeWall

10 The Origins of Creativity

Elizabeth Picciuto, and Peter Carruthers

Part Six Philosophy of Science

Part Seven Philosophy of Education (and Education of Philosophy)

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