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Ideas of H.H. Price, by Text

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

1946 Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals'
p.188 p.188 A 'felt familiarity' with universals is more primitive than abstraction
p.190 p.190 We reach concepts by clarification, or by definition, or by habitual experience
p.191 p.191 Our understanding of 'dog' or 'house' arises from a repeated experience of concomitances
1953 Thinking and Experience
Ch.II p.35 The basic concepts of conceptual cognition are acquired by direct abstraction from instances
Ch.II p.35 Recognition must precede the acquisition of basic concepts, so it is the fundamental intellectual process
Ch.II p.35 Before we can abstract from an instance of violet, we must first recognise it
Ch.III p.75 There may be degrees of abstraction which allow recognition by signs, without full concepts
Ch.III p.75 If judgement of a characteristic is possible, that part of abstraction must be complete
Ch.IV p.98 There is pre-verbal sign-based abstraction, as when ice actually looks cold
Ch.IV p.98 Intelligent behaviour, even in animals, has something abstract about it
Ch.IX p.276 Abstractions can be interpreted dispositionally, as the ability to recognise or imagine an item
Ch.VIII p.234 If ideas have to be images, then abstract ideas become a paradoxical problem
Ch.XI p.322 Some dispositional properties (such as mental ones) may have no categorical base