Continuums of the qualities of abstractness to concreteness, of simplicity to complexity, of particularity to generality

These three kinds of qualities of entities are often not clearly identified.

What is more abstract is more self-causing, self-reliant, than what is more concrete, that is, it is more independent, less dependent on anything else; in other words what is abstract has fewer determinants sustaining its existence.

So, not surprisingly, what is more abstract is more simple; correspondingly, the concrete is more complex. Of course this doesn’t mean that what is abstract is easier to discover.

Particularity-generality is a matter of the one & the many, the rare & the pervasive.

It needs to be said that what is abstract is real: for example, the abstract dimension of any particular labour, the quality of constituted labour time.


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