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Palgrave Macmillan

The Ethics of Creativity

ISBN 9781137333520
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

What effect does creativity have on individuals, groups and societies, and on the fundamental values on which they base their actions and institutions? What constitutes good and evil, right and wrong, and how does creativity disrupt these beliefs? The Ethics of Creativity brings together an impressive collaboration of thinkers from several countries and disciplines to illuminate the thorny issues that arise when novel ideas and products brought forth by creativity collide with the rules and norms of what we believe to be 'right' or 'good'. This book tackles questions of why most people claim to love creativity yet, in practice, may quash creative intentions, how creative innovations can create new ethical problems, when creativity and ethics tend to coincide and when they tend to conflict, and how both creativity and ethics might be harnessed to support a brighter future for all.

Seana Moran is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Her research examines how individuals' contributions affect others and the 'common good' by exploring the developmental paths to exemplary forms of contribution, including creativity (which transforms the trajectory of culture), prosocial life purpose (which gives a positive direction to a person's life trajectory), and wisdom (which is considered a deep, systemic knowledge of, and skill for affecting, interconnections of the world). She has authored numerous articles and handbook chapters, written the teacher's guide for a youth entrepreneurship textbook, and co-edited/co-authored four other books: Multiple Intelligences around the World, Creativity and Development, and Creative Classrooms Vols. 3 & 4

David Cropley is the Deputy Director of the Defence and Systems Institute (DASI) and Associate Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of South Australia. He began his working life as an officer the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. His research interests lie in systems engineering, creativity and innovation in engineering processes and the nexus of creative problem-solving and engineering. Associate Professor Cropley is a co-author of Fostering Creativity: A Diagnostic Approach for Higher Education and Organisations and co-editor of The Dark Side of Creativity. He has authored chapters in The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity and is a contributor to the Creativity Research Journal, The Journal of Creative Behavior, the International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving and the Cambridge Journal of Education. In 2013 he co-authored a new book on Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis.

James C. Kaufman is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, USA. An internationally recognized leader in the field of creativity, he is the author/editor of more than 26 books, including Creativity 101 and the Cambridge Handbook of Creativity. Kaufman is the president of American Psychological Association's Division 10, which devoted to creativity and aesthetics. He is the founding co-editor of Psychology of Popular Media Culture and co-founded Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, both published by APA. He was won numerous awards, including the Torrance Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Berlyne and Farnsworth Awards from APA, and Mensa's research award.

Introduction: The Crossroads of Creativity and Ethics; Seana Moran
PART I: WHAT ARE THE MORAL MENTAL MECHANISMS INVOLVED IN CREATIVITY, AND HOW DO THEY DEVELOP?
1. The Development of Moral Imagination; Darcia Narvaez and Kellen Mrkva
2. Moral Craftsmanship; Mark Coekelbergh
3. Creativity in Ethical Reasoning; Robert J. Sternberg
4. Moral Creativity and Creative Morality; Qin Li and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
5. Creative Artists and Creative Scientists: Where Does the Buck Stop?; James Noonan and Howard Gardner
PART II: WHEN, HOW, AND WHY DOES CREATIVITY LEAD TO POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE ETHICAL IMPACTS - OR BOTH?
6. A Creativity Alchemy; Ruth Richards
7. License to Steal: How the Creative Identity Entitles Dishonesty; Lynne C. Vincent and Jack A. Goncalo
8. Engineering, Ethics, and Creativity: N'er the Twain Shall Meet?; David H. Cropley
9. Construction or Demolition: Does Problem Construction Influence the Ethicality of Creativity?; Daniel J. Harris, Roni Reiter-Palmon, and Gina Scott Ligon
10. Intelligent Decision-Making Technology and Computational Ethics; Anthony Finn
PART III: WHAT ROLE DOES ETHICS PLAY IN SUPPORTING OR THWARTING CREATIVITY?
11. Creative Transformations of Ethical Challenges; Vera John-Steiner and Reuben Hersh
12. The Hacker Ethic for Gifted Scientists; Kirsi Tirri
13. The Dialogic Witness: New Metaphors of Creative and Ethical Work in Documentary Photography; Charlotte Dixon and Helen Haste
14. Neglect of Creativity in Education: A Moral Issue; Arthur Cropley
15. The Ethical Demands Made on Leaders of Creative Efforts; Michael D. Mumford, David R. Peterson, Alexandra E. MacDougall, Thomas A. Zeni, and Seana Moran
Horizons: An Ethics of Possibility; Seana Moran
Summary: Creativity and Ethics: Two Golden Eggs; David H. Cropley, James C. Kaufman, Michelle Murphy, and Seana Moran



Mark Coeckelbergh, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Arthur Cropley, University of Hamburg, Germany
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Claremont Graduate University, USA
Charlotte Dixon, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Anthony Finn, University of South Australia, Australia
Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Jack Goncalo, Cornell University, USA
Daniel Harris, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Helen Haste, University of Bath, UK, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Reuben Hersh, University of New Mexico, USA
Vera John-Steiner, University of New Mexico, USA
Qin Li, Claremont Graduate University, USA
Gina Scott Ligon, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Alexandra E. MacDougall, University of Oklahoma, US A
Kellen Mrkva, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA
Michael D. Mumford, University of Oklahoma, USA
Michelle Murphy, University of South Australia, Australia
David R. Peterson, University of Oklahoma, USA
Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame, USA
James Noonan, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Roni Reiter-Palmon, University of Nebraska Omaha, USA
Ruth Richards, Saybrook University and Harvard Medical School, USA
Robert J. Sternberg, University of Wyoming, USA
Kirsi Tirri, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lynne Vincent, Vanderbilt University, USA
Thomas A. Zeni, University of Oklahoma, USA


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