Ideas from 'Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals'' by H.H. Price [1946], by Theme Structure

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18. Thought / D. Concepts / 2. Origin of Concepts / a. Origin of concepts
We reach concepts by clarification, or by definition, or by habitual experience
                        Full Idea: We have three different ways in which we arrive at concepts or universals: there is a clarification, where we have a ready-made concept and define it; we have a combination (where a definition creates a concept); and an experience can lead to a habit.
                        From: H.H. Price (Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals' [1946], p.190)
                        A reaction: [very compressed] He cites Russell as calling the third one a 'condensed induction'. There seems to an intellectualist and non-intellectualist strand in the abstractionist tradition.
18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 2. Abstracta by Selection
A 'felt familiarity' with universals is more primitive than abstraction
                        Full Idea: A 'felt familiarity' with universals seems to be more primitive than explicit abstraction.
                        From: H.H. Price (Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals' [1946], p.188)
                        A reaction: This I take to be part of the 'given' of the abstractionist view, which is quite well described in the first instance by Aristotle. Price says that it is 'pre-verbal'.
Our understanding of 'dog' or 'house' arises from a repeated experience of concomitances
                        Full Idea: Whether you call it inductive or not, our understanding of such a word as 'dog' or 'house' does arise from a repeated experience of concomitances.
                        From: H.H. Price (Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals' [1946], p.191)
                        A reaction: Philosophers don't use phrases like that last one any more. How else could we form the concept of 'dog' - if we are actually allowed to discuss the question of concept-formation, instead of just the logic of concepts.