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Ideas of C.J. Thomae, by Text

[German, 1840 - 1921, ]

1869 works
34 p.45 Thomae's idea of abstract from peculiarities gives a general concept, and leaves the peculiarities
     Full Idea: When Thomae says "abstract from the peculiarities of the individual members of a set of items", or "disregard those characteristics which serve to distinguish them", we get a general concept under which they fall. The things keep their characteristics.
     From: comment on C.J. Thomae (works [1869], 34) by Gottlob Frege - Grundlagen der Arithmetik (Foundations) 34
     A reaction: Interesting. You don't have to leave out their distinctive fur in order to count cats. But you have to focus on some aspect of them, because they aren't 'three meats'.