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Creativity And Skill

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There is a long philosophical tradition, stretching from Plato to recent times, which denies that the core capacity involved in creativity is a matter of skill. The view of creativity as not being or involving a skill lies behind the thought that creativity is a natural (or supernatural) ability, not susceptible to the learning and teaching process, perhaps being completely inexplicable. This chapter argues that this view is mistaken, since it incorrectly adopts an antiteleological view of the creative process and conflates what the author calls routinized with non-routinized skills. It shows that the creative ability satisfies some plausible criteria for involving a skill. Besides attacking the anti-teleological model the chapter also argues that the kind of skills involved in creativity are non-routinized. Creativity is essentially connected to a second value. If creative activity is a kind of non-routinized activity, then it must by definition exhibit a kind of risk.

Keywords: anti-teleological model; creativity; non-routinized skills; Plato; routinized skills



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