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Creativity In Philosophy And The Arts

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Creativity, Philip Alperson tells us, adds something to the world that is not only new but meaningful, but also, he says, the realization of a distinctly human power that is the possession of distinguished human beings. This chapter explores what might make philosophy creative, and how philosophy might, with a sensitivity to its context, gratify our aesthetic sensitivity to pleasure, not by adding or isolating something rare and exceptional, but by tearing away what covers up or obscures something irregular and an exception. The principle of selection is one such concept created at one time to respond to the problems posed by Nietzsche's concept of the will to power. Creativity in the arts gives value to painting, photography, filmmaking, composition, writing, and design by giving us something else to see, feel and think.

Keywords: creativity; human power; Nietzsche; Philip Alperson



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