A Discourse on Novelty and Creation

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SUNY Press, 1975 - Psychology - 159 pages
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Carl Hausman presents here a sustained and systematic examination of the problems of constructing a framework for understanding the concept of creativity. His discussion is unique in focusing systematically on problems of understanding creativity, examining our assumptions about what we take to be creative, and the possibility of seeing how creativity fits into a world that we expect to behave in rational patterns. In a careful examination of this complex phenomena, Hausman suggests a way of approaching creativity in terms of a novel theory of metaphor.
 

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Contents

PRODUCTION AND RADICAL CREATION
18
A Novelty Proper
19
2 Form
30
b Form and novelty some problems and puzzles
33
B Novelty Proper and Creative Acts
39
1 Imitation and Craftsmanship
40
2 Creative Process and Critical Control
41
3 Creative Achievement and Duplication of Novelty
44
3 Mechanistic Determinism
74
D Intelligibility and the Resources of Language
81
LANGUAGE AND THE AESTHETIC STRUCTURE OF NOVELTY
85
A Originative Speech as Oblique Expression
86
2 Speech and Implements
91
B Speech and Metaphors
93
2 Metaphors and the Organic Character of Art
96
3 Metaphors as Constitutive Negations
99

C Value and Creativity
46
1 Instrumental Value
47
2 Instrumental Value and Tradition
48
3 Inerent Value
49
SPONTANEITY THE PARADOX AND THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPLANATION
53
A General Remarks about Explanation
55
B The Paradox of Creativity
59
1 Whitehead and Explanation
60
2 The Paradox in the Context of the Husserlian Account of Consciousness
64
C The Reality of Spontaneity and the Challenge of Determinism
68
1 Positivism
70
2 Teleological Determinism
72
4 Metaphors and Family Resemblances
110
C Metaphors and the Intelligibility of Created Objects
114
1 Metaphorical Expression and Paradox
115
2 The Structure of Novelty
116
3 Intelligibility and Familiarity
118
FUNDAMENTAL PARADOX AND INTELLIGIBILITY
124
A The Absurd
126
B Two Loci of the Absurd
131
C The Second Model of Intelligibility
138
D The Possibility of a Third Model of Intelligibility
145
INDEX
156
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Carl R. Hausman is Professor of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. His writings in aesthetics and metaphysics have been published in several journals and books.

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