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The Rationality Of Creativity

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The view that informs this chapter is that what can usefully be said about creativity is very little, and rather trite; and that it is co-extensive with the rational element in creativity. It offers a general critique of the literature, bringing out its poverty and its irrationality. The chapter argues that the first weakness in studies of creativity is poorly articulated aims. When the aims are articulated it seldom looks as though any of them could sustain the kinds of explorations of creativity that have been undertaken-practical or theoretical. The aim of making the distinction is to free epistemology from psychology, to deny that knowledge has anything to do with belief. The standards of what is new or what is a creative addition to art are similarly a judgment within World 3, constantly subject to World 3 debate.

Keywords: Creativity; psychology; rationality; World 3



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