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Creativity in Art, Science, and Mind

26 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

Creativity matters for both the sciences and the arts. First, notions of creativity play crucial roles in artistic practice, aesthetic appreciation, and scientific success. Second, success in science and the arts is often attributed to creative genius, an idea which deserves examination and critique. Third, understanding and reflecting on the nature of creativity has been a focus for researchers of both activities. These factors have led to several fruitful—and until now, largely separate—discussions of the nature and importance of creativity. This conference brings together researchers with an interest in creativity, drawing on aesthetics and philosophy of science, mind, technology, and art. The goal of this conference, held at the University of Cambridge and generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, is to make progress on understanding the relationship between intelligence and creativity, the role creativity plays in science and art, and the nature of creativity itself.


Claire Anscomb (Kent)
Adrian Currie (Cambridge)
Stacie Friend (Birkbeck, University of London)
Berys Gaut (University of St Andrews)
Marta Halina (Cambridge)
Matthew Kieran (Leeds)
Anton Killin (Australian National University)
Caterina Moruzzi (Nottingham)
Alice Murphy (Leeds)
Julia Sánchez-Dorado (University College London)
Henry Shevlin (Cambridge)

Programme (All talks take place in Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge, 7 West Road, Cambridge  CB3 9DT

Thursday 26 July

The Power of Creativity (Chair: Adrian Currie)

10:00   Introductions & Welcome
10:15   Matthew Kieran (Leeds) The fountain of creativity
11:15   Coffee Break
11:30   Caterina Moruzzi (Nottingham) Robo-Bach: Can Artificial Intelligence be Musically Creative?
12:30.  Lunch
14:00   Alice Murphy (Leeds) Creativity in Scientific Thought Experiments
15:00   Julia Sánchez-Dorado (University College London) Creative similarity in representational practices
16:00   Coffee Break
16:30   Stacie Friend (Birkbeck, University of London) A Real Limit on Fictional Creativity
19.00 Conference dinner at Pho, 1 Wheeler St 

Friday 27 July 2018

Creativity in a Comparative Context (Chair: Natasha Lushetich)

09:15  Marta Halina (Cambridge) Insightful AI
10:15  Henry Shevlin (Cambridge) Creativity and insight in animals and humans
11:15  Coffee Break
11:30  Anton Killin (Australian National University) Evolving creativity: novelty in vocal communication traditions
12:30  Lunch 

Locating Creativity (Chair: Anton Killin) 

14:00 Claire Anscomb (Kent) Creative Agency and Co-Working in Artistic Practice
15:00 Adrian Currie (Exeter/Cambridge) Non-Agential Creativity
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Berys Gaut (St Andrews) Group Creativity

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Supported by The British Society of Aesthetics and The British Society for the Philosophy of Science.