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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.'
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Worldwide Number: 166865
Hardcover $95.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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