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Single Idea 10646

[catalogued under 18. Thought / E. Abstraction / 2. Abstracta by Selection]

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.

Gist of Idea

Our understanding of 'dog' or 'house' arises from a repeated experience of concomitances


H.H. Price (Review of Aron 'Our Knowledge of Universals' [1946], p.191)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophy' [-], 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.