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
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
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 / D. Concepts / 6. Abstract Concepts / a. Abstract concepts
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 / D. Concepts / 6. Abstract Concepts / b. Abstracta from selection
The basic concepts of conceptual cognition are acquired by direct abstraction from instances