Changing the World: A Framework for the Study of Creativity

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Creativity: Proof That Development Occurs

David Henry Feldman

We appear to be in the midst of a resurgence of radical nativism, a viewpoint that attributes much of human experience and activity to innate factors. This resurgence has gone so far as to raise questions about the viability of the concept of development itself ( Chomsky, 1980; Fodor, 1980, 1983; Liben, 1987). Although there are now strong counterresponses in the literature to the claim that development is yet another human illusion, like self or God or progress, the need still remains to put the antidevelopmental claims to rest once and for all ( Bickhard, 1979, 1980; Campbell and Bickhard, 1986, 1987; Feldman and Benjamin, 1986; Liben 1987). The purpose of this chapter is to provide another argument against the radical nativist position by showing that, because it is impossible to ignore the reality of human creativity, development must perforce exist.

There are, however, a number of preliminaries to be attended to before tackling the main points in the argument. First, it must be acknowledged

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Note: The work reported here was supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Grateful acknowledgment is also given to those who read and responded to earlier drafts of this chapter, especially Robert Campbell, William Damon, Howard Gardner, Lynn T. Goldsmith, and the members of the Developmental Science Group at Tufts University.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - A Framework for the Study of Creativity 1
  • References 40
  • 2 - The Fruits of Asynchrony: A Psychological Examination of Creativity 47
  • Notes 66
  • References 66
  • 3 - The Creators' Patterns 69
  • Notes 82
  • References 83
  • 4 - Creativity: Proof That Development Occurs 85
  • References 98
  • 5 - Creativity: Dreams, Insights, and Transformations 103
  • Note 132
  • References 132
  • 6 - The Domain of Creativity 135
  • References 155
  • 7 - Mamas Versus Genes: Notes from the Culture Wars 159
  • 8 - Conclusion: Creativity Research on the Verge 173
  • Bibliography 177
  • Index 179
  • About the Authors 181
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