Explicating ‘creativity’


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Given the many ways people use the word, it seems unlikely that -‘creativity’ names a single concept shared by all reasonably well-informed parties. An explication of ‘creativity’ can, however, identify “a good thing to mean” by this term in the context of systematic enquiry. 1 Contributing to such an explication is the aim of this chapter. My focus is on creative actions and achievements. What makes such things creative, I propose, is originality in the devising of an effective means to some end. This proposal stands in contrast to value-neutral conceptions of creativity, as well as to various honorific conceptions according to which the pursuit or realisation of good goals is necessary to creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreativity and Philosophy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351199780
ISBN (Print)9781138827677
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


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