Creativity as Heightened Sense of Process

A. Raghuramaraju

in Enduring Colonialism

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699364
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080533 | DOI:
Creativity as Heightened Sense of Process

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This chapter discusses Chandidas' notion of creativity. Creativity for Chandidas is both novelty and repetition. For him, creativity ‘is not an apparition of an altogether novelty’. Something is novel in relation to something else which is not novel. Hence, absolute and total claim for novelty is vacuous. Another interesting feature in Chandidas' analysis is that he assigns different positions to repeatedness and novelty. He says that repeatedness is the ‘structural base of novelty; as novelty is the functional base of repeatedness’. Similar to Spinoza and Hegel, but somewhat unlike them, Chandidas further relates repeatedness and novelty with necessity and freedom, respectively. It also discusses Roland Barthes, Rousseau, T.S. Elliot, Foucault, Deleuze and Bersani.

Keywords: Chandidas; creativity; novelty; repetition; repeatedness; freedom; necessity

Chapter.  3897 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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