The Creative Construction of Rationality

A Paradox?
  • David Moshman
  • Leslie E. Lukin
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Is the development of rationality a creative process? Is there something paradoxical about the idea that creativity can result in increasing rationality? We will argue in this chapter that rationality is indeed creatively constructed by the developing individual. If one thinks of creativity as consisting of unconstrained flights of the imagination and of rationality as strict adherence to mechanical rules of reasoning, there is indeed something paradoxical about this conclusion. The paradox dissolves, however, upon reconsideration of the definitions of both rationality and creativity.


Cognitive Model Creative Process Inductive Reasoning Deductive Reasoning Logical Necessity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Moshman
    • 1
  • Leslie E. Lukin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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