Creativity and the ontology of not-yet being

Siebers, Johan ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Creativity and the ontology of not-yet being. In: Futures. Kemp, Sandra and Anderson, Jenny, eds. Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 161-173. ISBN 9780198806820. [Book Section] (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198806820.013.10)

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This chapter interprets and evaluates the ontology of not-yet being as it is developed in the philosophy of Ernst Bloch and extends this account with a reflection on creativity and the issues involved in conceptualizing creativity. In this way the ontology of not-yet being is related to the sphere of culture and cultural production. Its potential as an account of the ways in which we know and not-know the future is explored. The chapter investigates the significance of futurity, not-yet being, and creativity for our understanding of subjectivity and it concludes with a new conception of the humanities, including philosophy, as centrally concerned with the open future and its place in human existence, awareness, and culture. Throughout, the chapter sensitizes the reader to the particular requirements the articulation of futurity places on our language and our understanding of the nature of concepts, ideas, and theories.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): ontology, metaphysics, being, modality, creativity, humanities, utopia, Ernst Bloch, David Bohm, philosophy of language
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 24300
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Depositing User: Johan Siebers
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 11:27
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2023 04:04

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