[From Latin abstractus: drawn away or out from, derived, removed, separated.]
(metaphysics) The doctrine that ideas or abstractions actually exist; see idealism and Platonism.
(epistemology) The view that knowledge is gained only through abstraction from particulars; more commonly called conceptualism.
(aesthetics) The doctrine that artistic abstraction is more valuable or important than representation, especially in the visual arts; see modernism and expressionism.
The Ism Book by Peter Saint-Andre
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