The constraints of habit: craft, repetition, and creativity

Ross, Wendy and Glaveanu, Vlad (2023) The constraints of habit: craft, repetition, and creativity. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. ISSN 1572-8676 (In Press)

[img] Text
the-constraints-of-habit_R1.pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 28 February 2025.

Download (587kB) | Request a copy

Abstract / Description

The nature of craft creativity has often been ignored in research which focuses on innovative and novel ideas and thought processes. This view of creativity casts the repetitive nature of craft as antithetical to the disruptive nature of genuine creativity. Drawing on combined enactivist and pragmatist accounts of habits and on a focused cognitive ethnography of a wooden bowl turner, this paper explores the nature of the constraints wrought by habitual action. Habitual action will be shown to be less repetitive than may be initially assumed because of the uncertainty inherent in working with both the wood which forms the initial material and the tools necessary to transform it. Rather, this paper proposes habitual learned movements as an important concept in a pragmatist-informed theory of creativity since they mark the skilled co-ordination of material, tool and maker, at once constraining and enhancing the creative craft process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creativity, Craft, Expertise, Habit, Workmanship of Risk, Pragmatism
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Wendy Ross
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2023 09:20
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2023 10:26

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item