Creative Evolution

Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 27)


Up to now I have been dealing with artistic creativity in its formal appearance. That is, I have been treating it from the perspective of esthetics as a normative science in analogy to science as a logic of inquiry. This, of course, is not to say that I have avoided psychological description. Any discussion of thought processes, as Peirce admitted, must involve some element of psychological description. Nevertheless, from within the Peircean architectonic I have been presenting creativity in its normative aspect. Now I shall follow Peirce’s cosmological and phenomenological accounts of creative evolution and then apply these by analogy to human creativity. While this is not presented as a normative account, we should notice that it has an inherent normative aspect. That is, since God is the creator involved, if we hold God to be the highest or in some sense the most ideal being, then His creative process should be the highest or most ideal as well. Therefore, as a regulative ideal, God’s creativity becomes a norm toward which our creativity ought to strive to compare. Indeed, then, while our normative argument involved psychological description, so does our descriptive account involve an inherent normative aspect.


Artistic Creativity Creative Evolution Psychological Description Summum Bonum Final Causality 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wittenberg UniversityGermany

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