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February 15, 2005

Some questions concerning creativity

What is creativity? In what sense can someone be said to possess creativity? In what sense can an animal, environment, culture, society or other formation possess creativity? Can creativity be a property of a technology? Are there a set of 'problems of technology' recurrent in all human activity? Do these problems necessarily relate to the possession of creativity? In what way is creativity in science ("scientific imagination"), the same as in art and philosophy? What does it mean for creative processes to be 'blocked'? How is creativity surpressed and encouraged by social, psychological, political and economic organisations? Does creativity flourish more easily in such conditions (minor literatures)?

October 31, 2004

What Is Creativity?

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/elearning/aboutus/robert/projects/creativity/

Over the last few days I have been working on the proposal for my PhD application. My aim is to come up with something that gives me sufficient scope for:

– an explication of the Deleuze and Guattari's method (explicitly stated in What Is Philosophy?);

– an investigation of the role of technology and technological change in that method (relating to Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus);

– an application of that method to a concept that is both of historical significance and currently of increasing power, especially in cultural/educational policy;

– a further development of the work of Deleuze and Guattari and that concept in application to current technological, social and political conditions, and specifically to learning/academic technology.

The concept that I have chosen to investigate is that of creativity. Interestingly, throughout their work on aesthetics, ethics, psychotherapeautic practice, and philosophy, Deleuze and Guattari seem to imply a concept of creativity as a positive force, but very rarely mention it by name. This may have been because they were wary of using a concept that may itself perform the function of a transcendent figure, and hence is best avoided.

The proposal is being developed in this web site