Creativity and Cognition


  • Satya Sundar Sethy


This paper seeks to argue that creativity is not limited to only innovations and new discoveries. It encompasses other dominant and significant aspects of human intervention in the form of cognitions which are highlighted in our discussion. Further, it argues that there are two sorts of creativity: historical creativity and psychological creativity. Psychological creativity differs logically and ontologically from historical creativity. The differences are elucidated in detail. The paper further analyzes how all cognitions can be treated as creative acts. It also argues “re-cognition” can be considered a creative act. While suggesting that all cognition is a creative act, it supports Davidson’s arguments about “anomalous monism” and Buddhists’ theory of “impermanence” which enunciates nothing is permanent in this world and, hence, everything is in a state of constant flux.