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Macro Cultural PsychologyA Political Philosophy of Mind$
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Carl Ratner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373547.001.0001

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Philosophical principles 
of concrete macro cultural 
psychology

Philosophical principles 
of concrete macro cultural 
psychology

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4 Philosophical principles 
of concrete macro cultural 
psychology
Source:
Macro Cultural Psychology
Author(s):

Carl Ratner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373547.003.0044

The chapter discusses the important philosophical issue known as levels of abstraction. All phenomena have both abstract and concrete features. Both levels constitute their character. It is important to investigate abstract and concrete features of cultural factors and psychological phenomena. Psychologists typically concentrate on abstract features and overlook concrete features. Examples from cultural psychology are presented. Limitations of abstractions are explained. This chapter emphasizes the need to research concrete cultural features of psychological phenomena.

Keywords:   levels of abstraction, concrete features, limitations of abstractions

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