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Volume 69, issue 3
Geogr. Helv., 69, 147–155, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-69-147-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 69, 147–155, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-69-147-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Standard article 08 Oct 2014

Standard article | 08 Oct 2014

Ist Kreativität ein subjektives oder ein kollektives Phänomen? Über eine ungeklärte Frage in der Non-representational Theory und eine denkbare Antwort der Philosophie der symbolischen Formen

P. Dirksmeier P. Dirksmeier
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geographisches Institut, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany

Abstract. The micro-macro-problem of the social sciences is also present in human geographies' discussions of creativity. Creativity could be conceptualized either as a capability of subjects or as emerging from interaction processes. A direct consequence of this theoretical indecision is an inconsistent notion of creativity in Nigel Thrifts' nonrepresentational theory (NRT) that is originally developed to valuate creative praxis. The paper advances a proposal for conceptualizing creativity in NRT by using the philosophy of symbolic forms established by Ernst Cassirer. First, the paper develops a notion of individual creativity that is implied in Cassirers' work on symbolic pregnance and symbolic forms and via Bourdieus' interpretation of Cassirer also in the French sociologists' theory of incorporation. Second, the paper shows two possibilities to include the outlined notion of individual creativity in NRT. Creativity could be linked with NRT by modifying Bourdieus' concept of incorporation as used to establish a notion of nonrepresentational praxis. The second possibility of including creativity is a connection of affect and experience, which leads directly to the emergence of novelty.

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