Rowman & Littlefield, London


176 Pages

ISBN 978-1-4985-9353-3

Artistic creation

a phenomenological account

Jeff Mitscherling, Paul Fairfield

Artistic creation has proven remarkably resistant to philosophical analysis. Artists have long struggled to explain how they do what they do, and philosophers have struggled along with them. This study does not attempt to offer a comprehensive account of all creativity or all art. Instead it tries to identify an essential feature of an activity that has been cloaked in mystery for as long as history records. Jeff Mitscherling and Paul Fairfield argue that the process by which art iscreated has a good deal in common with the experience of the audience of a work, and that both experiences may be described phenomenologically in ways that show surprising affinities with what artists themselves often report.

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Mitscherling, J. , Fairfield, P. (2019). Artistic creation: a phenomenological account, Rowman & Littlefield, London.

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