prescisive abstraction

Prescisive abstraction or prescision, variously spelled as precisive abstraction and prescission, is a formal operationMathworldPlanetmath that marks, selects, or singles out one feature of a concrete experience to the disregard of others.

The above definition derives from one given by Charles Sanders Peirce (CP 4.235) in the context of distinguishing two kinds of abstraction, the other being hypostatic abstraction.

1 References

  • Peirce, Charles Sanders (1902), “The Simplest Mathematics”, CP 4.227–323 in Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce, vols. 1–6, Charles Hartshorne and Paul Weiss (eds.), vols. 7–8, Arthur W. Burks (ed.), Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1931–1935, 1958. Cited as (CP volume.paragraph).

Title prescisive abstraction
Canonical name PrescisiveAbstraction
Date of creation 2013-03-22 17:54:03
Last modified on 2013-03-22 17:54:03
Owner Jon Awbrey (15246)
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Author Jon Awbrey (15246)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 03B42
Classification msc 03B15
Classification msc 03B22
Classification msc 03B30
Classification msc 03A05
Classification msc 00A30
Synonym simple abstraction
Related topic HypostaticAbstraction