Ideas of H.H. Price, by Theme

[British, 1899 - 1984, Professor of Logic at Oxford University.]

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8. Modes of Existence / C. Powers and Dispositions / 2. Powers as Basic
Some dispositional properties (such as mental ones) may have no categorical base
15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 3. Abstraction by mind
Before we can abstract from an instance of violet, we must first recognise it
There may be degrees of abstraction which allow recognition by signs, without full concepts
If judgement of a characteristic is possible, that part of abstraction must be complete
Intelligent behaviour, even in animals, has something abstract about it
There is pre-verbal sign-based abstraction, as when ice actually looks cold
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 1. Thought
Recognition must precede the acquisition of basic concepts, so it is the fundamental intellectual process
18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / a. Origin of concepts
We reach concepts by clarification, or by definition, or by habitual experience
18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 1. Abstract Thought
Abstractions can be interpreted dispositionally, as the ability to recognise or imagine an item
If ideas have to be images, then abstract ideas become a paradoxical problem
18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 2. Abstracta by Selection
Our understanding of 'dog' or 'house' arises from a repeated experience of concomitances
The basic concepts of conceptual cognition are acquired by direct abstraction from instances
A 'felt familiarity' with universals is more primitive than abstraction