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Social Sciences 2, Room 121

Social Sciences 1‎ University of California Santa Cruz, College Ten
Santa Cruz, CA 95604 United States
831-459-5767

November 2011

Rasmus Grønfeldt Winther: “Abstraction, the Abstract, and Abstractionism: Psychological and Philosophical Perspectives”

November 30, 2011 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Social Sciences 2, Room 121, Social Sciences 1‎ University of California Santa Cruz, College Ten
Santa Cruz, CA 95604 United States
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Concepts, models, and theories; words, propositions, and language; are typically understood as abstract representations and abstract maps. The abstract allows us to navigate tentatively and successfully through the concrete world with which we interact as laymen and scientists; adults and infants. How does abstraction take place? What is the abstract, and what is it used for? What are the dangers and limits of both overextending abstractions beyond their appropriate conditions of application, and separating the abstract too much from the…

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