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Deep Background to the Project

  • Phillip McIntyre
  • Janet Fulton
  • Elizabeth Paton
  • Susan Kerrigan
  • Michael Meany
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Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)

Abstract

This chapter outlines the deep contextual background to research into creativity arguing that across the globe there have been different ways of conceiving of creativity. Not all cultures see the bringing of novelty into being in the same way that the West does and not all cultures value it the same way. In this chapter, we look closely at the South Asian experience before concentrating on Taoist and Confucian understandings in East Asia. Then we zero in on early thinking in the West around the notions of the muse and inspiration before looking at the development of the ideas on genius and the problems these entail. We argue that, despite the differing cultural discourses about creativity, there are some commonalities in these differences suggesting to us the possibility of finding a view of creativity that could be universal in its application.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip McIntyre
    • 1
  • Janet Fulton
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Paton
    • 1
    • 2
  • Susan Kerrigan
    • 1
  • Michael Meany
    • 1
  1. 1.Communication and MediaUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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