Year:
2023
Publisher:
Uitgeverij EW
Language:
Dutch

ON THE NATURE AND USEFULNESS OF CREATIVITY
HUIZINGA LECTURE 2023

On Friday, December 8, 2023, writer and poet Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer gave the 52nd Huizinga lecture in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. For the Huizinga lecture, Pfeijffer returns to his alma mater to undertake a search in his argument for what connects, or at least should connect, science and art. For his Huizinga lecture, entitled ‘On the nature and usefulness of creativity’, Pfeijffer will attempt to analyze the elusive concept of creativity, raising the question to what extent artificial intelligence can sharpen or change our ideas about creativity. He will identify creativity as the quintessence of the search for truth that is, or at least should be, the goal of both art and science, reporting on how in his historical novel Alkibiades he came closer to truth has come than any scientist ever will. Finally, he will issue a warning against trends in the organization of scientific education and research, if not in society in general, that seem designed to minimize the influence of creativity.


Year:
Uitgeverij EW
Publisher:
Uitgeverij EW
Language:
Dutch
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