Imagination and Creativity

In Amy Kind (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Imagination. New York: Routledge (2016)
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Abstract

This paper surveys historical and recent philosophical discussions of the relations between imagination and creativity. In the first two sections, it covers two insufficiently studied analyses of the creative imagination, that of Kant and Sartre, respectively. The next section discusses imagination and its role in scientific discovery, with particular emphasis on the writings of Michael Polanyi, and on thought experiments and experimental design. The final section offers a brief discussion of some very recent work done on conceptual relations between imagination and creativity.

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Dustin Stokes
University of Utah

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