A Semantic Rhapsody About Creativity: From Harvard to Habsburg

  • Phillip Sinclair HarvardEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6616-1_2-2



A seventeenth-century American legend tells how a Puritan preacher founded a famous school in Boston, but in reality, he did not. At the time, printing presses were rare; hence, any books were treasures greater than gold. After his death in 1638, his books were donated to the local community school, so his fellow theologians from Cambridge requested his surname be given to the school. Very creative thinking for New World Puritans known for their black-white/wrong-right binary mental images! What follows is a semantic safari through time, hence history, and especially through language, to hunt for answers to the question: How to be more creative? Constructive Cartesian criticism subdivides what is important to understand into smaller, more precise parts, making it easier to understand it all as a complete whole. Part by part/piece by piece, it is possible to construct what is considered to be critical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EIGSI – University of La RochelleLa RochelleFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Igor N. Dubina
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    • 2
  1. 1.Novosibirsk National Research State UniversityNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Altai State UniversityBarnaulRussia