© 1981

The Concept of Creativity in Science and Art

  • Denis Dutton
  • Michael Krausz

Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Arthur Koestler
    Pages 1-17
  3. R. Harré
    Pages 19-46
  4. F. E. Sparshott
    Pages 47-73
  5. Carl R. Hausman
    Pages 75-89
  6. Michael Polanyi
    Pages 91-108
  7. I. C. Jarvie
    Pages 109-128
  8. C. A. van Peursen
    Pages 157-185
  9. Michael Krausz
    Pages 187-200
  10. Albert Hofstadter
    Pages 201-208
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 209-212

About this book


This third volume of American University Publications in Philos­ ophy continues the tradition of presenting books in the series shaping current frontiers and new directions in phi. osophical reflection. In a period emerging from the neglect of creativity by positivism, Professors Dutton and Krausz and their eminent colleagues included in the collection challenge modern philosophy to explore the concept of creativity in both scientific inquiry and artistic production. In view of the fact that Professor Krausz served at one time as Visiting Professor of Philosophy at The American University we are especially pleased to include this volume in the series. HAROLD A. DURFEE, for the editors of American University Publications in Philosophy EDITORS' PREFACE While the literature on the psychology of creativity is substantial, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the subject by philos­ ophers in recent years. This fact is no doubt owed in 'part to the legacy of positivism, whose tenets have included a sharp distinction between what Hans Reichenbach called the context of discovery and the context of justification. Philosophy in this view must address itself to the logic of justifying hypotheses; little of philo­ sophical importance can be said about the more creative business of discovering them. That, positivism has held, is no more than a merely psychological question: since there is no logic of discovery or creation, there can be no philosophical reconstruction of it.


art concept creativity dialectic imagination phenomenology rationality science

Editors and affiliations

  • Denis Dutton
    • 1
  • Michael Krausz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Michigan — DearbornDearbornUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyBryn Mawr CollegeBryn MawrUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Concept of Creativity in Science and Art
  • Editors D. Dutton
    M. Krausz
  • Series Title Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-247-3127-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5083-2
  • Series ISSN 0168-5090
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 212
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Modern Philosophy
    Philosophy of Science
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