Creativity in Invention, Theories

  • Thomas Kaiserfeld
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Creativity and Invention

Creativity is a capacity or trait, inherited or acquired, implying a more or less unique ability to apprehend new ideas and insights (Taylor 1988). Departing from standard definitions of creativity, the concept lies at the heart of invention. In Western history, it has thus been viewed as problematic, even heretical. Since God created the world out of nothing, creatio ex nihilo, any attempts to similarly create inventions out of nothing was conceit (Tatarkiewicz 1980). In research into the sources of creativity, individual characteristics are occasionally combined with environmental influences. Likewise are particular situations of insight, described by their unexpectedness and sudden effortlessness, often combined with the stressing of preparations as in knowledge accumulation. The view that creativity is more the result of an enduring process has...

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  1. 1.Departmant of Arts and Cultural SciencesLund UniversityLundSweden

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marta Peris-Ortiz
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  1. 1.Departamento de Organización de EmpresasUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain