Günther Fleck: Cognitive Science and Creativity – Theory and Practice

Günther Fleck, Ph.D.
Clinical and Health Psychologist
Institute for Human and Social Sciences
National Defence Academy
Stiftgasse 2a
Vienna, Austria

Cognitive Science and Creativity – Theory and Practice (2 Parts)

Time: 25-27 September (Part I) & 20-22 November (Part II)
Venue: ELTE Tudománytörténet és Tudományfilozófia Tanszék,
Budapest, Lágymányosi Kampusz, 1117 Pazmany sétány 1/c


Part I. (12 Teaching Units à 45 Minutes)

Tuesday, 25th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Wednesday, 26th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Thursday, 27th of Sept.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00

Part II (12 Presentation & Discussion Units à 45 minutes)

Tuesday, 20th of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Wednesday, 21st of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00
Thursday, 22nd of Nov.: 13.30-15.00 and 15.30-17.00

General Description of the Seminar:

Decision making largely depends on the cognitive abilities (e.g.,
intelligence) of the decision maker, his or her background knowledge and
the characteristics of the problems to be resolved. The ability to create
good theories in order to describe and explain the phenomena and to solve
complex problems is acknowledged as central to scientific thinking.
Accordingly, a kind of objectivity and pure rationalism are attributed to
it. But scientific thinking is neither a pure cognitive process nor does
it take place in an empty space. Scientists have adopted various ways of
thinking, have developed basic belief systems about how things are, have
made decisions in regard to a special epistemology, and have demonstrated
preferences for a special philosophy of science and its corresponding
scientific methodology and methods. Additionally, solving complex problems
often requires a high level of creativity and the acceptance of
uncertainty. Thus, coping with uncertainty as an integrative part of
decision making has to be taken into account too.

In the first part of the seminar an integrative frame of creativity will
be worked out referring to cognitive science as an interdisciplinary

In the second part students are invited to prepare related topics at their
own choice for short presentations and discussions. Main goal of the
seminar is to find ways of acquiring new tools for the development and
improvement of one’s own expertise.


Harré, Rom (2002). Cognitive Science. A Philosophical Introduction.
London: Sage.

Singer, Irving (2011). Modes of Creativity. Philosophical Perspectives.
Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.

An extended list of literature will be provided at the beginning of the