Title Information

Records for not-yet-published titles do not include subject classifications. To initiate an order, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

A CRITICAL THEORY OF CREATIVITY: UTOPIA, AESTHETICS, ATHEISM AND DESIGN. Richard Howells. Palgrave Macmillan, St. Martin's Press, Inc., New York, 2015. 208 pp. 21 x 13 cm. ISBN 9781137446169 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: A Critical Theory of Creativity argues that a Utopian drive is aesthetically encoded within the language of form. Combining multidisciplinary theory with case studies ranging from intentional communities to the relationship between Navajo theology and design, this book demonstrates how humankind is striving to fashion a better world from the raw materials we inherit. Building upon the work of Ernst Bloch, it sees the 'fall' as a liberation and Prometheus as a hero. It takes religion seriously as a cultural narrative, but it replaces divine creation with human creativity. Coupled with this liberation from Eden comes a very human obligation that cannot be delegated to God, to nature or to market forces. Its intellectual compass ranges from Roger Fry to Philip Pullman and Slavoj Zizek, returning always to an empowering, human-centred universe. As Bloch declared in The Spirit of Utopia: 'Life has been put into our hands.'
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166865
Hardcover $95.00 Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.

Select titles for ordering by clicking in the boxes to the left of the title entries and then click on the "Add to Cart" button below. You will then be able to specify quantities and continue with your order.

NOTE: The shopping cart will expire after 2 hours of inactivity.