Attributing Creativity

In Berys Gaut & Matthew Kieran (eds.), Creativity and Philosophy. Routledge (2018)
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Dustin Stokes
University of Utah
Abstract
Three kinds of things may be creative: persons, processes, and products. The standard definition of creativity, used nearly by consensus in psychological research, focuses specifically on products and says that a product is creative if and only if it is new and valuable. We argue that at least one further condition is necessary for a product to be creative: it must have been produced by the right kind of process. We argue furthermore that this point has an interesting epistemological implication: when you judge a product to be creative--attributing creativity--you are not just judging it to be new and valuable. Even if you did not witness how it was produced, you are also making a judgement about how it was produced.
Keywords Creativity  Process  Novelty
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