© 2014

The Ethics of Creativity

  • Seana Moran
  • David Cropley
  • James C. Kaufman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: The Crossroads of Creativity and Ethics

  3. What Are the Moral Mental Mechanisms Involved in Creativity, and How Do They Develop?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Darcia Narvaez, Kellen Mrkva
      Pages 25-45
    3. Mark Coeckelbergh
      Pages 46-61
    4. Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 62-74
    5. Qin Li, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      Pages 75-91
  4. When, How, and Why Does Creativity Lead to Positive or Negative Ethical Impacts—or Both?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Ruth Richards
      Pages 119-136
    3. Lynne C. Vincent, Jack A. Goncalo
      Pages 137-151
    4. Daniel J. Harris, Roni Reiter-Palmon, Gina Scott Ligon
      Pages 170-186
  5. What Role Does Ethics Play in Supporting or Thwarting Creativity?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Vera John-Steiner, Reuben Hersh
      Pages 205-220
    3. Kirsi Tirri
      Pages 221-231
    4. Michael Mumford, David R. Peterson, Alexandra E. Mac, Thomas A. Zeni, Seana Moran
      Pages 265-278

About this book


The Ethics of Creativity illuminates the thorny issues that arise when novel creative ideas collide with what we believe to be 'right' or 'good'. This book tackles questions of when creativity and ethics tend to coincide and when conflict, and how both might be harnessed to support a brighter future for all.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Seana Moran
    • 1
  • David Cropley
    • 2
  • James C. Kaufman
    • 3
  1. 1.Clark UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of South AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of ConnecticutUSA

About the editors

Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Twente, The Netherlands Arthur Cropley, University of Hamburg, Germany Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University, USA Charlotte Dixon, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA Anthony Finn, University of South Australia, Australia Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA Jack Goncalo, Cornell University, USA Daniel Harris, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA Helen Haste, University of Bath, UK, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA Reuben Hersh, University of New Mexico, USA Vera John-Steiner, University of New Mexico, USA Qin Li, Claremont Graduate University, USA Gina Scott Ligon, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA Alexandra E. MacDougall, University of Oklahoma, US A Kellen Mrkva, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA Michael D. Mumford, University of Oklahoma, USA Michelle Murphy, University of South Australia, Australia David R. Peterson, University of Oklahoma, USA Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame, USA James Noonan, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA Roni Reiter-Palmon, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA Ruth Richards, Saybrook University and Harvard Medical School, USA Robert J. Sternberg, University of Wyoming, USA Kirsi Tirri, University of Helsinki, Finland Lynne Vincent, Vanderbilt University, USA Thomas A. Zeni, University of Oklahoma, USA

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