The Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible

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| Editors: Vlad Petre Glăveanu (Editor-in-Chief), Vlad Petre Glăveanu


Living reference work entry


This entry approaches creativity as a possibility-testing and possibility-expanding phenomenon. It starts with a critical consideration of the definition of creativity in psychology, arguing that a study of the possible and impossible gets us closer to the nature of the creative process. Then it proceeds to analyse the relation between (im)possibility and creativity at the level of actors, actions, audiences, artefacts, and affordances. In each case, the focus is on (a) how these elements contribute to the engagement with the possible enabled by creative expression and (b) how they are transformed by the possibilities and impossibilities discovered along the way. The entry ends with reflections on the relationship between creativity and other possibility-expanding phenomena.


Creativity Possibility Five A’s model Actors Actions Audiences Artefacts Affordances 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and CounselingWebster UniversityGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of BergenBergenNorway

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  • Izabela Lebuda

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