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Timothy Williamson

Abstract Ô Concrete


ISBN: 978-3-88405-801-5

Price: €2.50 (including 19 % tax)


 ... In traditional logic, abstract terms such as 'doghood' denote universals, while concrete terms such as 'dog' denote particulars. In more recent philosophy, 'abstract' and 'concrete' have been applied to the things denoted rather than to the denoting terms, with intent to classify all objects into two mutually exclusive and jointly exhaustive kinds (one of which may be empty). Although ordinary particulars are concrete and ordinary universals abstract (if objects at all), the modern distinction, the topic of this article, has diverged from the older one. Sets are abstract particulars, and Hegel did not contradict himself in speaking of concrete universals....


 





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