Kristien Hens

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pp. 87–100

8. Time, Culture and Creativity

I describe ideas from Isabelle Stengers, Ilya Prigogine and Stuart Kauffman and others to introduce aspects of creativity in life and how life is fundamentally creative. I also describe new materialist entanglements of ethics, ontology and epistemology to argue that, given this creativity of life and the universe, ethics is implied all the way down. Moreover, describing organisms and practices, and choosing how to describe them, is not a mere representation but creates the next possible world. Living is finding creative solutions and reflecting on the worlds we want our practices to create. Each ‘chance encounter’ entails possibilities, and our choices are deeply ethical.