Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Abstract: non-representational - abstract concept, expression of something non-objective - how to demarcate from concrete objects? How to differentiate between abstract entities and concepts, ultimately words.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Abstract/McGinn: why should not something that is essentially independent of consciousness (numbers) possibly have a profound nature that is inaccessible to our thinking?
Why should the abstract not be able to have a noumenal side?
Certainly, our attempts to define the category of the abstract are miserable, e.g. if we declare that it is not spatial or causal.
I 170
It looks like the Abstract World pushes into the very nature of our mind in a way incomprehensible to us.
McGinn: We would do better to settle the corresponding objects within our mind. Then we would not have to deal with any "barriers" on top of everything. (Of course this does not solve the underlying problem).

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C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001

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