Creativity and Morality

By Bernard den Ouden.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper and presentation will promote the thesis that morality is often a creative process. It will present this hypothesis in theory, and augment the hypothesis and argument with examples and case studies. Central to this thesis and construct will be the concept of generating alternative modes of action and perception. I will claim that morality is often not merely choosing between options that are right or wrong, but creating a novel path of action and of thought. Historical and contemporary examples will be presented. In contrast, immorality will be described as frequently resulting from failure of imagination. The “banality of evil,” as scrutinized by Hannah Arendt, will be one reference point. My own theory of creativity and freedom will be elucidated as an integrating synthesis.

Keywords: Morality, Creativity, Imagination

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.73-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 523.870KB).

Prof. Bernard den Ouden

Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of the Ct. Compact for Service Learning, Humanities, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA

Bernard den Ouden is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hartford. He is the author of Language and Creativity, Reason Will Creativity and Time & The Fusion of Naturalism and Humanism. He has edited four other volumes. Dr. den Ouden has evaluated development projects in Egypt, India, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He has given guest lectures in Croatia, The Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, and Spain. At the University of Hartford he has been honoured with the Larson Award for Distinguished Teaching and held the position of the Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Teaching Humanist. He assumed a leadership role in the founding of the University’s Honors Program and the creation of the Humanities Center.

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