Philosophy Forum 01/02/2018 -Henning: Recovering the Adventure of Ideas: In Defense of Metaphysics as Revisable, Systematic, Speculative Philosophy

Dear All

Whiteheadian studies resume with a look at the eponymous paper by Brian Henning. The meeting will be in the usual UL102 14:15-15:45 and the reading is available here.

Best

Graham

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Philosophy Society Talk

THURSDAY JANUARY 25TH, 2017 AT 7 PM

THE CARDINAL’S HAT

268 HIGH STREET, LINCOLN

 

‘Creativity’

By

Professor Matthew Kieran

University of Leeds

ALL WELCOME

Abstract

In the twenty-first century, creativity will become ever more prized by governments and societies. It is easy to see why, given creativity involves producing something new and valuable. Creative people generate new experiences, new technologies and new solutions to very real problems. But why is being creative valuable for the creative person? It is one thing for others to value your creativity, but why should you value being creative? This talk will examine dominant assumptions about creativity – in particular that creativity must give rise to something new – and argue that the creative process is tightly tied to the exercise of human individuality. In a very real sense you become more yourself in the creative process. But what exactly does this mean? How can you not be yourself? And what does this imply if we want to be creative? The talk will cast light on the value of creativity by addressing these questions.

 

 

Speaker Profile

 

Matthew Kieran is Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds. His publications include Revealing Art (Routledge 2005), translated into Chinese and Korean, and co-edited collections such as Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind (OUP, 2014). He has spoken at Tate Britain, the International Miami Basel Art Fair, the National Icelandic Visual Arts Awards and appeared on Channel 4. He is currently writing a book on creativity and character. His website is matthewkieran.com