Review: D-Flect “creativity in philosophy”

On 7 May 2018 HPI D-School students, alumni and researchers discussed the philosophy of creativity and its connection to the Design Thinking process and mindset with Prof. Dr. Michael Beaney, Professor of History of Analytic Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London, and Dr. Julia von Thienen, Design Thinking Researcher at Hasso Plattner Institute.


Photo: HPI School of Design Thinking/S. Schwerdtfeger


By taking several case studies, Michael Beaney illustrated how philosophy explores creativity and showed why philosophy and logic are indeed creative disciplines. Julia von Thienen transferred the presented approaches to the Design Thinking process and highlighted common principles of understanding creativity.


Similar to ideas developed with Design Thinking, ideas and solutions of philosophers are often regarded as wild and crazy, Michael Beaney said. However, many examples show that philosophers are creating numerous relevant concepts for the future.


If you could not attend the D-Flect session, you can watch it here: