The State of Creativity
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The State of Creativity

The Future of 3D Printing, 4D Printing and Augmented Reality

James Griffin

Creativity has been of central importance to the development of the modern State, and yet creativity is something that has become increasingly side-lined. This has been particularly apparent with the development of new machinic technologies, such as 3D printing. This monograph argues that inner creativity, combined with the zone of discourse, has been endangered by the rise of administrative regulation. Griffin investigates how the failure to incorporate creativity into that administrative regulation is adversely impacting the regulation of technologies such as 3D printing. The State of Creativity, proposes reforms to ensure that the regulation does take creativity into account.
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Chapter 4: A fourth dimension: the administrative core

James Griffin


The relationship between inner and outer creativity takes place within a broad discourse. This chapter argues that the discourse has been influenced by the rise of the property paradigm, and the chapter investigates how that paradigm arose. Assumptions have been made about the nature of property, and it is argued that this has skewed the focus of regulation away from creativity per se, towards more capitalist conceptions of exploitation. It is argued that there has formed an administrative core of property, where debate about the scope of property protection becomes impossible. As a result, increasingly the zone of discourse has become focused around economics principles, but such principles lead to confusion between units of exchange and the processes of creativity necessary for the continued creative development of the State.

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