The intent of this thesis is to explore the concept of creativity as it appears in the major works of Karl Marx and to attempt to discern its role in the emancipatory political project that Marx proposes. Contemporary understandings of creativity still rely upon notions of the artist-genius, locating the "true" expression of creative freedom in the work of art. A more recent development is the commodification of creativity as a quality of a good worker, who is now expected to find innovative ways of doing their job more efficiently. Both of these ideas about creativity allow for our creative energies to be diverted towards maintaining the existing relations of capitalist labor, one by putting it out of reach for most, the other by making it part of the tedium of wage labor. This thesis argues that creativity, as a fundamental human capacity, is an essential tool in changing our existing circumstances by instigating radical breaks from the status quo. Therefore, the first step in an emancipatory politics today is redefining creativity.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Avila, Carlos, "Defining Creativity and Its Role in Marx's Philosophy" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1327.