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Unformatted text preview: play, although not worthwhile simply because they are aimed at the achievement of external goals purposes, are nonetheless quite productive in terms of achieving such goals or purposes. Schlick calls these productive, responsibility- compatible types of play "creative": Play, as we see it, is any activity which takes place entirely for its own sake, independently of its effects and consequences. There is nothing to stop these effects 3 from being of a useful or valuable kind. If they are, so much the better; the action still remains play, since it already bears its own value within itself. Valuable goods may proceed from it, just as well as from intrinsically unpleasurable activity that strives to fulfill a purpose. Play too, in other words, can be creative; its outcome can coincide with that of work. This notion of creative play will be accorded a major part in the life philosophy of the future. If mankind is to go on existing and progressing by way of playful activities, they will have to be creative; the necessary muse somehow must be brought forth by means of them. And this is possible, since play is not a form of doing nothing. (65) Creative play: ______________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________. Schlick goes on to point to some paradigmatic examples of creative play: 1. Art Let us look about us: where do we find creative play? The brightest example (which at the same time is more than a mere example), i...
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