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    Inherently it's neither creative nor just data, imo. It's how you look at it that makes a difference.

    I don't see a point in it when it's just the regurgitation of what other people said. The creative aspect is what draws me to it.

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    Are we talking about philosophy or learning about philosophers and their work in the past?

    Even though they are not mutually exclusive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Most definatly!
    So, philosophy is creative per definition. Without creativity, there would be no philosophy.
    It's created us, mate.

    Without Ancient Greek philosophy we wouldn't exist.

    The Ancient Greeks are our parents. The spoke and wrote a beautiful language and gave us not only our deepest and profoundest thoughts but our very way of thinking, imagining, loving and fighting.

    Not to know Ancient Greek is not to know our parents.

    And what parents they were. And what children are we!

    Children of Athena. Children of Athens. And here we are in our very own Atheneum.
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    There've been some very good replies to the OP, and my reply will echo some of them, but I hope to add some additional food for thought.

    Some have mentioned studying the work of other philosophers, and how that isn't creative. This is true in a sense. These philosophers have broken the ground, so to speak, and by merely studying them you add nothing new to their thought.

    However, there is a sense in which studying the work of other philosophers is creative, and this is the sense in which all thought is creative. We are born ignorant. We don't come out of the womb knowing what a point or a straight line is, neither do we know the nature of a Kantian category. We have to work to discover and form concepts, judgments, and arguments. We have to work to create our own understanding of geometry, of Kantian transcendental idealism, of anything that we can come to know. And so when we study the work of other philosophers, we create our understanding of what they said and why, even if they got there first.

    Philosophy is not dry. Philosophers are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    There've been some very good replies to the OP
    Indeed.

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    I think it's far better to assume there are no creative subjects, only creative people. Some subjects may attract the creative types, but there are many who are attracted to them while not being particularly creative themselves.

    Einstein was ridiculously creative, and what was he? A patents-office worker with an interest in physics? Yea.

    Go into something you have a passion for and your potential for creativity can be optimally harnessed.

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    how exactly are you defining creativity here?

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    I would say it is. You often have to think of situations and things like that.

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