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Artistic Creativity and Rationality: the Conditions of Artistic Creativity

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2021, 78(4), pp.15-59
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.78.4.202111.15
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 9, 2021
  • Accepted : November 3, 2021
  • Published : November 30, 2021

Suyeong Lim 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Creativity is the main subject of inquiry in interdisciplinary research. It is discussed in various disciplines including psychology and anthropology. In this context, it is not surprising that scholars attempting a philosophical exploration of creativity have emerged. This article focuses on artistic creativity rather than creativity in general and intends to explore the necessary conditions of artistic creativity. Ambitious attempts to reveal the necessary conditions of creativity that can be applied to all fields can face skepticism that it is difficult to grasp creativity. On the other hand, elucidating how the concept of creativity works in particular practices, like art, is a relatively achievable goal and worth trying. The necessary conditions of artistic creativity suggested in this article can be divided into the conditions related to the features of the work and the conditions related to the features of the agents who created the work. The discussion on the features of the work consists of analyzing the meaning of novelty as originality, a value-implied novelty. An original work is different from existing works in terms of its display of a unique style, and this style is artistically valuable. The discussion on the features of the agent is composed of the analyzation of relevant agency that is exercised in the creation of works of this style. In addition, this article examines the relationship between two seemingly irrelevant concepts, artistic creativity and rationality.

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