If everything is an abstraction, why does the word 'abstraction' mean anything?
"Everything is an abstraction" is a dangerously open phrase. I don't at all think life is only abstraction. That is a key point of mine. Concept is one and only one fundmental aspect of human experience. Sensation and feeling are at least as important.
We abstract from abstractions all the time. For instance: cats and dogs are abstractions. Animal is a "higher" abstraction that includes them both.
The word "abstraction" refers to what all these abstractions/concepts have in common, and NOT (synthesis is also negation) what they do not have in common. Essence and accident. We can say concept or essence or universal also, right?
There is something "behind" or "in" all concepts which is not reducible, in my opinion. But no particular word, like abstraction or essence, can be the final name for it. What do all abstractions/concepts/thoughts have in common? And how does this tie into sensation and emotion?
I think the issue is obscured because our visual field is automatically quantified, broken into bits. It's so automatic that we take it for granted. So we stick concepts directly on to these visual bits, and they link up so well we don't see the difference between the concept and the sensation.
I bumped into this today, after all my recent thoughts. I say this because as much as I love Wittgenstein, he is no authority. And neither is anyone else of course. But I present another human's opinion, that seems related to mine.
2.1511 That is how a picture is attached to reality; it reaches right
out to it.
2.1512 It is laid against reality like a measure.