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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Handbook of Research on Creativity

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Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.

Chapter 22: The ontology of creative performance and the aesthetics of design

Neil C.M. Brown

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, innovation and technology, innovation policy


The creative idealism underlying Stephan Dedalus’ dawning artistic awareness in this epigraph expresses an ontology of creative performance. An ontology of creative performance is not only significant in shaping the arts but also the conduct of investigations into wider fields of creativity including its psychology, sociology and history. While considered among the most valued of practices, creative performances are also considered among the most indeterminate. This chapter begins with a discussion of the constraints qualifying creativity as a performative kind, focusing upon the arts. The pattern of constraints emerging from this discussion is framed into an ontology of creative performance and illustrated using three examples drawn from the aesthetics of automotive design.

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