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Single Idea 15868

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / C. Capacities of Minds / 6. Idealisation]

Full Idea

An 'idealisation' preserves all the properties of the source but it possesses these properties in some ideal or perfect form. ...An 'abstraction', on the other hand, lacks certain features of its source.

Gist of Idea

Idealisation idealises all of a thing's properties, but abstraction leaves some of them out


Rom Harr (Laws of Nature [1993], 1)

Book Reference

Harr,Rom: 'Laws of Nature' [Duckworth 1993], p.35

A Reaction

Yet another example in contemporary philosophy of a clear understanding of the sort of abstraction which Geach and others have poured scorn on.