On the value of the creative imagination in the arts and in the sciences – Alexander Bird (Faculty of Philosophy)

February 3, 2022 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Richard Staley

(Work with Alison Hills, University of Oxford)

We examine and reject the following claims:

(RI) The process of artistic or scientific creation is an exercise of the imagination, such that more imagination (both as regards the number of new ideas their degree of originality) is always more valuable (i.e. results in better works of art, scientific theories, etc).

(RII) The process of evaluation of artistic or scientific works is not per se a creative process and does not require the imagination in the same way as a creative process (and perhaps does not need it at all).

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