Serres and Creativity by Rich Boulton

via The Third Place: Journeys through continental philosophy


…the answer to the nature of creativity […] lies not in any single event so much as it does in the third man. To understand the instruction and life of the third man will be to understand how one becomes creative, able to deal with the violence of the multiple in a peaceful manner. […] The key to understanding creativity then, is to understand how one becomes a creative person. Creativity is seen almost as a skill, or perhaps better as a disposition of character. It is something which one must learn, and then will itself affect any processes which begin from oneself. The third man, who has travelled this journey, is one who by his very character is creative, who can create and build without struggle or conflict.

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