Creative action in mind

Author: Carruthers, Peter

Source: Philosophical Psychology, Volume 24, Number 4, 1 August 2011 , pp. 437-461(25)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

The goal of this article is to display the attractiveness of a novel account of the place of creativity in the human mind. This is designed to supplement (and perhaps replace) the widespread assumption that creativity is thought-based, involving novel combinations of concepts to form creative thoughts, with the creativity of action being parasitic upon prior creative thinking. According to the proposed account, an additional (or perhaps alternative) locus of creativity lies in the assembly and activation of action-schemata, with creative thoughts arising subsequently from the mental rehearsal of those actions, normally resulting in either visual imagery or inner speech.

Keywords: Action; Creativity; Mental Rehearsal

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2011.556609

Affiliations: Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland,

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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