What Kinds of Abstract Concepts Are There?

Freedom, good and evil, love, feminism, success, morality, and chauvinism are examples of abstract notions. Notions without a physical referent are referred to as abstract; concepts with physical referents are referred to as concrete.

Because they raise questions about ontology and sensory experience, abstract notions are frequently of interest to philosophers. Some philosophers, starting with Plato, have maintained that the basic topic to be addressed in philosophy or metaphysics is abstract concepts.

When examining children’s mental and psychological development, the question of abstract versus concrete thinking is pertinent. Children under the age of eight cannot think abstractly.

For instance, according to the Brain Injury Association of New York State, a 2- or 3-year-old child who reads “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss will typically only be able to understand the story as that of a person who does not want to eat green eggs and ham and may even understand that it is about someone changing his mind.

The story explores the abstract notion that, despite what they may believe, humans are capable of changing their thoughts and feelings. An adult can help a youngster understand this abstract idea by having a conversation with him about it; this will help the child get closer to understanding abstract ideas.

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