Definition of concrete universal in English:

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concrete universal

noun

(In idealist philosophy) an abstraction which is manifest in a developing or organized set of instances, so having the qualities of both the universal and the particular.
Example sentences
  • An example is his claim that the self is a concrete universal and that the ethical doctrines he criticizes are damaged by their reliance upon abstract notions of the self.
  • In short, it may seem that the distinction that the advocate of ‘concrete universals’ wants to make between his own position and that of the pure trope theorist is really a distinction without a difference.
  • Kiarostami has a gift for embodying thought, grounding the conceptual in the material and investing the material with the conceptual, a film-maker's gift for what Hegel termed the concrete universal.
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