The Origins of Creativity

In E. Paul & S. Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)
The goal of this chapter is to provide an integrated evolutionary and developmental account of the emergence of distinctively-human creative capacities. Our main thesis is that childhood pretend play is a uniquely human adaptation that functions in part to enhance adult forms of creativity. We review evidence that is consistent with such an account, and contrast our proposal favorably with a number of alternatives.
Keywords Creativity, developmental psychology  Pretense
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index Translate to english
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 16,667
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Peter Carruthers (2011). Creative Action in Mind. Philosophical Psychology 24 (4):437 - 461.
Maria Kronfeldner (2009). Creativity Naturalized. Philosophical Quarterly 59 (237):577-592.
Bence Nanay (2014). An Experiential Account of Creativity. In Elliot Paul & Scott Barry Kaufman (eds.), The Philosophy of Creativity. Oxford University Press
Jānis Ozoliņš (2008). Creativity and the Aims of Education. Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 37:221-228.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

75 ( #45,186 of 1,726,249 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

14 ( #50,975 of 1,726,249 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.