abstract

“Some abstracta come higher up on the list than others, not in the sense of being more abstract than other abstracta, since the distinction of abstract and concrete is one of kind, not degree, but rather in the sense of being more paradigmatically abstract. “[A subject with no objects  – Burgess and Rosen, Introduction, p. 14, my bold, original italics]

Now, why would that be? Why can this distinction not be one in degree? Why can’t irrational numbers be more abstract than natural numbers? The property of being a cat more concrete than the property of being a physical object? The situation is made worse by the fact that Burgess and Rosen admit to not having anything close to a definition of abstractness…

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