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ERIC Number: EJ903974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1533-2276
Science and Creativity: The Importance of Ontology for Scientific Understanding
Martin, Lee
Gifted and Talented International, v25 n1 p69-73 Aug 2010
The history of science presented by Hisham B. Ghassib (2010) on his article, "Where Does Creativity Fit into a Productivist Industrial Model of Knowledge Production?," reveals the significance of knowledge generating action throughout human history. Ghassib's (2010) paper explores the embedded nature of scientific practise and in doing so offers some insight into the role creativity plays in people's attempts to understand the world around them. Science is presented as a knowledge generating industry. It is argued that science is a peculiar form of industry in that the product of science, unlike other forms of industry, is "intrinsically and necessarily unenvisaged and un-envisageable 'a priori'." Creativity and the creative process are therefore argued to be intrinsic to science, which is described as an "essentially communal creative process." A timely reminder of the importance of creativity to science is therefore provided within this work. In this article, the author offers some reflection on the role of creativity in industry, explores the role of recognition in science (and creativity) and highlights the importance of ontology when considering the philosophy of science.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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