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Creativity Without Agency: Evolutionary Flair & Aesthetic Engagement

Currie, Adrian and Turner, Derek (2022) Creativity Without Agency: Evolutionary Flair & Aesthetic Engagement. [Preprint]

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Common philosophical accounts of creativity align creative products and processes with a particular kind of agency: namely, that deserving of praise or blame. Considering evolutionary examples, we explore two ways of denying that creativity requires forms of agency. First, we argue that decoupling creativity from praiseworthiness comes at little cost: accepting that evolutionary processes are non-agential, they nonetheless exhibit many of the same characteristics and value associated with creativity. Second, we develop a ‘product-first’ account of creativity by which a process is creative just in case it gives rise to products deserving of certain forms of aesthetic engagement.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Currie, Adriana.currie@exeter.ac.uk
Turner, Derekderek.turner@conncoll.edu
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr Adrian Currie
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 14:17
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 14:17
Item ID: 21016
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21016

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