a representation having no reference to concrete things or particular instances
- an abstract category of art; imaginative content varies according to internal form versus pictorial representation
(Lat. ab, from + trahere, to draw) The illegitimate using abstraction, and particularly the tendency to mistake abstractions for concrete realities. Cf. W. James, This Is of Reality, ch XIII. Comparable to A. N. Whitehead's "Fallacy of misplaced concreteness." -- L.W.