Imagination and creativity

Authored by: Dustin Stokes

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415739481
eBook ISBN: 9781315657905
Adobe ISBN: 9781317329459

10.4324/9781315657905.ch18

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Abstract

If I ask you to imagine the sun setting over the sea, you will easily comply; and there is nothing creative about this familiar image. But while imagination and creative behavior come apart, it is nonetheless true that some of our most creative minds are also some of our most imaginative minds. This chapter attempts to identify some of the central ways that they relate by asking what roles imagination plausibly plays in human creativity.

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