Creativity. Some Historical Footnotes from Science and Art

  • Anders Karlqvist
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 258)


Creativity is the capacity to create new things. It is a concept which embraces more than just imagination, ingenuity or orginality. It actually deals with making new things happen. Don Quijote and Robinson Crusoe were both imaginative men but we would certainly choose Crusoe as the creative person. Creative people are not dreamers. They do things. The philosopher Whitehead has described creativity as the formative element “whereby the actual world has its character of temporal passage to novelty”. Creativity is the drive that pushes reality forward.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anders Karlqvist
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  1. 1.Swedish Polar Research SecretariatRoyal Institute of TechnologySweden

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