Evaluation of Creativity Is Always Local

  • Robert J. SternbergEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


In this essay, I argue that evaluation of creativity is always local. What is considered creative varies from one place and one time to another. The result is that work that at a given time or in a given place is viewed as ordinary may come to be viewed as creative at another time or in another place. Similarly, wisdom and intelligence also need to be evaluated locally. Attempts to generate purely universal theories of what is “creative,” or “wise” or “intelligent,” inevitably end up imposing one set of values on contexts where those theories are not relevant, and may even be contraindicated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development, College of Human EcologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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