This entry provides a selective overview of pragmatist ideas that have shaped and continue to shape creativity research. Pragmatism offers a set of principles that bridge Cartesian dualisms and guide the research process as well as a unique way to grasp the world and what makes us human. The entry shows what pragmatism can tell us about the definition, nature, development, and measurement of creativity. This may inspire creativity students to adopt pragmatist standpoints, develop pragmatist theories and do holistic, pluralistic, contextualized, and emancipatory research that offer new ways to engage with the world and create richer futures for everyone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherPergamon Press
Publication dateJan 2020
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020



  • Abduction
  • Agency
  • Continuity
  • Doing and undergoing
  • Experience
  • Experimentalism
  • Growth
  • Person-environment transaction
  • Perspective
  • Pluralism
  • Pragmatism
  • Reflexivity
  • Social self

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Rasmussen, L. J. T., & Glăveanu, V. P. (2020). Pragmatism. In The Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology Pergamon Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.23599-2