12 September 2016

Week 2: What abstraction is and is not

 1. Can an object be concrete and abstract in nature?

 2. "Abstract objects of thought, such as numbers, laws, or perfectly straight lines are real parts of nature." (156) How does the sense of nature play a role in something to be abstract?

3. Laporte stated "that abstractions are drawn from perceptual material by means of imitative gestures." How does our own gestures shape our own abstractions?

4. Bergson claimed that "in order to generalize one must first abstract, but in order to abstract usefully one must already know how to generalize." (160) How do you determine that you are generalizing something in the sense that it is intended to be perceived as?

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