FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Explicating Creativity” by Prof. Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University, Hong Kong


Speaker:

Prof. Paisley Livingston, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Date:

12 Oct 2018

Time:

11:30 - 13:00

Venue:

E21-3118

Description:

Abstract:

Taking as its point of departure the oft-repeated claim that creativity is valuable novelty, this presentation explores various ways in which the components of that broad claim can be understood and assessed. To that end, different senses of ‘novelty’ are identified and compared with regard to their relevance to the explication of ‘creativity’. The explication proposed and defended in the presentation construes ‘creativity’ as referring to actions and achievements manifesting novelty in the use of an effective new means to some end, where the novelty condition is satisfied by a person’s initial devising of some successful means to an end without relying on knowledge of anyone else’s prior use of that means. The well-entrenched interest in a stronger kind of novelty – what Robert K. Merton called ‘priority’ as opposed to ‘originality’ – is also considered, along with the question of the value of originality and novelty.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo