Ideas from 'Thinking and Experience' by H.H. Price [1953], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Thinking and Experience' by Price,H.H. [Hutchinson 1953,]].

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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
If judgement of a characteristic is possible, that part of abstraction must be complete
There may be degrees of abstraction which allow recognition by signs, without full concepts
There is pre-verbal sign-based abstraction, as when ice actually looks cold
Intelligent behaviour, even in animals, has something abstract about it
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 / 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
The basic concepts of conceptual cognition are acquired by direct abstraction from instances