Creativity, Psychology and the History of Science

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H.E. Gruber, Katja Bödeker
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 22, 2005 - Social Science - 548 pages
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Creativity, Psychology, and the History of Science offers for the first time a comprehensive overview of the oeuvre of Howard E. Gruber, who is noted for his contributions both to the psychology of creativity and to the history of science. Gruber is a pioneer in combining history of science and cognitive psychology by means of detailed and meticulous case studies. His award-winning books Darwin on man and The essential Piaget are both modern classics.

The present book includes papers from a wide range of topics. In the contributions to creativity research, Gruber proposes his key ideas for studying creative work. Gruber focuses on how the thinking, motivation and affect of extraordinarily creative individuals evolve and how they interact over long periods of time. Gruber’s approach bridges many disciplines and subdisciplines in psychology and beyond, several of which are represented in the present volume: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, history of science, aesthetics, and politics. The volume thus presents a unique and comprehensive contribution to our understanding of the creative process. Many of Gruber's papers have not previously been easily accessible; they are presented here in thoroughly revised form. The book is for psychologists, historians and philosophers of science interested in the intersection of psychology and the history of science.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
A Life With a Purpose
19
The Creative Person as a Whole The Evolving Systems Approach to the Study of Creative Work
35
The Case Study Method and Evolving Systems Approach for Understanding Unique Creative People at Work
39
The EvolvingSystems Approach to Creative Thinking
65
Networks of Enterprise in Creative Scientific Work
89
The Case Study That Started It All Charles Darwin
105
Darwins Development during the Beagle Voyage
109
Tracking the Ordinary Course of Development Plagetian Reflections
293
The Development of Object Permanence in the Cat
295
Introduction to the Essential Piaget
305
Piagets Mission
329
Which Way Is Up? A Developmental Question
345
Coping with the Extraordinary On the Relation between Giftedness and Creativity
365
On the Hypothesized Relation Between Giftedness and Creativity
367
The SelfConstruction of the Extraordinary
383

A Cognitive Case Study of Young Darwin
123
Toward the Construction Of Darwins Theory 18321839
145
Diverse Relations between Psychology and Evolutionary Thought
167
Facets of the Creative Process Insight Point of View and Repetition
193
Creativity and the Constructive Function of Repetition
195
On the Relation between Aha Experiences and the Construction of Ideas
201
The Cooperative Synthesis of Disparate Points of View
217
Modalities The Stuff of Experience
231
From Perception to Thought
235
Darwins Tree of Nature and Other Images of Wide Scope
241
Ensembles of Metaphors in Creative Scientific Thinking
259
The Visionary Function and Other Aspects of Jean Piagets Thinking
271
Creative Thinking and Human Survival
399
Creativity in the Moral Domain
423
Ought Implies Can Implies Create
427
Creativity and Human Survival
441
Peace and Further Conditions for Human Welfare
451
Man or Megaperson?
455
Peace Research Where Is It Going? Optimism and the Inventors Paradigm
459
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF H E GRUBERS WRITINGS
475
CITED REFERENCES
487
SUBJECT INDEX
519
NAME INDEX
525
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