chapter  8
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Creative Experience and the Problem With Invention on Demand

The effort to take experience seriously is characteristic of a variety of movements in 20th-century philosophy.' Smith (1970) reminded us that "whereas pragmatism began as a theory of meaning and as definitive of a new method for approaching philosophical problems, it also contained a metaphysic of experience, an account of the general structure and status of experience in reality" (p. 129). For Alfred North Whitehead in particular, this account involved an effort to describe experience in a way that was as inclusive and adequate as possible.