Educating for creativity

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This chapter argues that one can educate people to be more creative. It criticizes the imitation and rules arguments (located in the works of Edward Young and Immanuel Kant) that aim to show that creativity cannot be taught. Having clarified the teachability view, it then develops a positive argument for the claim, based on the teachability of creativity’s component motivation and abilities. Methods for teaching creativity in mathematics, fiction writing, and philosophy are then discussed, particularly in reference to the role of heuristics in these domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Philosophy of Creativity
Subtitle of host publicationNew Essays
EditorsElliot Samuel Paul, Scott Barry Kaufman
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780199362547
ISBN (Print)9780199836963
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2014


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