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ERIC Number: EJ1159024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-0419
Defining Creativity with Discovery
Martin, Lee; Wilson, Nick
Creativity Research Journal, v29 n4 p417-425 2017
The standard definition of creativity has enabled significant empirical and theoretical advances, yet contains philosophical conundrums concerning the nature of novelty and the role of recognition and values. This work offers an act of conceptual valeting that addresses these issues. In doing so, creativity definitions are extended through the use of "discovery." Drawing on dispositional realist philosophy, we outline why adding the "discovery and bringing into being of new possibilities" to the definition of creativity can aid theoretical understanding and empirical investigation. Having outlined the case for defining creativity with discovery, three distinct types of "discovery of possibility," within four domains of creative action, and two types of "bringing into being" are examined for their theoretical and empirical value. This article concludes with a reflection on future research into the identification and development of creative potential.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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