Creativity, Humour, and Cognition


  • Mario Gensollen Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
  • Marc Jiménez-Rolland Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes



This paper explores some aspects of the scientific study of creativity by focusing on intentional attempts to create instances of linguistic humour. We argue that this sort of creativity can be accounted for within an influential cognitive approach but that said framework is not a
recipe for producing novel instances of humour and may even preclude them. We start by identifying three great puzzles that arise when trying to pin down the core traits of creativity, and some of the ways taken by Cognitive Studies in this quest. We then consider what we call ‘creative humour’, which exhibits the core features of the aforesaid creativity. We then explore how a key cognitive approach to human communication can account for creative humour.
We end by drawing lessons and highlighting limitations to cognitive approaches to creativity.


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Biografies de l'autor/a

Mario Gensollen, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes

Has a PhD in Philosophy (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and is a Tenured Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (since 2006). He is Visiting Lecturer at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His research focuses on Social Epistemology, particularly on the intersections between Epistemology, Argumentation Theory and Political Philosophy. For further information, see

Marc Jiménez-Rolland, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes

Has a PhD in Humanities (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana). He is Assistant Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (since 2008). He was Adjunct Lecturer at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (2011-2012). His research focuses on Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science, especially on formal approaches to problems in these areas. For further information, seeénez


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Com citar

Gensollen, M. and Jiménez-Rolland, M. (2021) “Creativity, Humour, and Cognition”, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, pp. 107–119. doi: 10.28939/iam.debats-en.2021-7.