Review by Choice Review
In the unsigned preface to this volume we are told that these six essays ``focus on sociological and historical issues'' in an attempt to illumine how creative thinkers have ``produced coherent and persuasive interpretations of their world.'' The terms ``coherent'' and ``persuasive'' are widely used at present in the assessment of innovative work. However, in the absence of explanation of that with which they cohere or of the spirituality and intellectuality of those to whom they are persuasive, the terms are too vague to be of epistemic value. This criticism also pertains to another declaration in the same preface: that the creative is that in which we produce our world through ``constructions of reality.'' The essays that illustrate this interpretation of imagination and creativity are developed in essays on sign and metaphor in Aristotle; history and Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe; creation and responsibility in science; history and geology as modes of studying the past; problems of language and creativity; and problem solving and creativity in art, physics, and philosophy. Readers who accept a cultural and historical understanding of creativity will not be disappointed by the way the topic announced in the eye-catching title is handled. Other readers will be disappointed by the focus of this volume, since the six essays demand great intellectual sophistication.-M.C. Rose, St. Mary's Seminary and University
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