Creativity, John Dewey, and Aesthetics

Sheila and Tom take on a special topic this week: Creativity.  Sheila begins with a discussion of John Dewey’s anti-hierarchical formulation of the art experience, which establishes a continuum between “high art” and the esthetic perceptions of everyday life, then analyzes how these experiences are created, arranged, and orchestrated in the individual viewer’s experience.  In doing so, Dewey moves the location of Art from the canvas on the wall to the experience of the viewer.  He establishes that the analysis of art should focus on the experience of the viewer.  Tom discusses the human need for creativity, with reference to Abraham Maslow’s theory of the Hierarchy of Needs.

Originally broadcast September 25, 2021

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