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Against Creativity

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Alison Hills, Alexander Bird

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-713
JournalPHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH
Volume99
Issue number3
Early online date3 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Abstract

Creativity is typically defined as a disposition to produce valuable ideas. We argue that this is a mistake and defend a new definition of creativity in terms of the imagination. It follows that creativity has instrumental value at most and then only in the right circumstances. We consider the role of tradition and judgment in worthwhile creativity and argue that there is frequently a tension between greater creativity and the production of value.

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