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[xmca] "Rising to the concrete"

Still in between boxes but came across this quote from Lenin today:
‘In order to understand it is necessary empirically to begin understanding,
study, to rise, from empiricism to the universal. In order to learn to swim
it is necessary to get into the
(found at:

and it reminded me of one of mike's favorite statements "rising to the
concrete." Yet Mike's phrase appears quite different. So Mike, if you're
out there, does your "rising to the concrete" bear any significant relation
to Lenin's rising to the universal? They seem like very different concepts,


Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Sanford I. Berman Post-Doctoral Scholar
Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition
Department of Communication
University of California, San Diego
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