The Constraints of Knowledge

  • Margaret A. Boden
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 258)


People sometimes speak as though knowledge has little to do with creativity, or even prevents it. This dismissive attitude toward the role of cognition in creativity takes two main forms.


Conceptual Space Creative Idea Cognitive Constraint Creative Mind Cognitive Niche 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret A. Boden
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  1. 1.School of Cognitive and Computing SciencesUniversity of SussexEngland

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