Socialization is Creative Because Creativity is Social

  • Allan Janik
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 114)


Nearly everything about the approach to creativity and socialization based upon positing a strict dichotomy between them is misconceived. The mode of questioning, deployment of examples and comparative procedures systematically insure that such an approach will distort precisely what it seeks to clarify. Thus it is not that there are no genuine problems, tensions and paradoxes surrounding creativity and socialization in the social research context; but that the dichotomizing approach is far too abstract to illuminate those problems, tensions and paradoxes. The reasons why this should be so are, nevertheless, far from uninteresting. This is because they are bound up with central issues relating to the ways in which language and action are interwoven.


Conceptual Innovation German History Disciplinary Matrice Strict Dichotomy Dichotomize Approach 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan Janik
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  1. 1.Brenner ArchiveInnsbruck UniversityAustria

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