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____________________