The present article analyses how cultivation of creativity underpins the possibility of rational dialogue with people who have different cultural origins by confirming the essentially productive character of human beings and contemplating creativity as a human dimension with intrinsic value, linked to the full realisation of the individual’s personality. The phenomenon of creativity is examined as an event that —sometimes dramatically— extracts the subject from the cultural world of mediations formulated within her own tradition that she usually inhabits, thus revealing to her a transcultural reality that manifests itself clearly. Recognising this original reality —which goes beyond the signifies constructed by different cultural traditions and from which creative action occurs— is the starting point for a true dialogue between cultures that enables a process of cultural critique, in other words, an examination of the validity of the products or objectivities of one’s own culture and the cultures of others.
This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 272 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: Espinosa Zárate, Z. (2019). El cultivo de la creatividad para el diálogo intercultural | Cultivating creativity for intercultural dialogue. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 77 (272), 29-45. doi: https://doi.org/10.22550/REP77-1-2019-05