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abstract theory

[abz′trakt ′thē·ə·rē]
(science and technology)
A theory in which a system is described without specifying a structure.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Though she orients the material toward readers with a graduate level of knowledge of mathematics that includes complex analysis, differential equations theory, and projective geometry, her discussion ranges from asymptotics and methods of applied mathematics to reflection groups, foliations, and similar abstract theory, so she appends background material for such areas.
This is no abstract theory. I have been that person shivering in the cold wind.
These novels capture a constitutive liberal tension between abstract theory and lived experience that appears not only in their direct representations of political commitment but also in their narrative form.
Regardless of abstract theory, the further the factual reality of early twenty-first century combat--war as it has actually been lived by several thousand Western soldiers--departs from the interstate land warfare of early nineteenth century Europe, the harder it is to understand today's warfare in Clausewitzian terms, even if the trinity in the specific sense suggested above applies universally to all war.
turned ethics into abstract theory, ignoring the concrete problems of
In DeLong and Cohen's telling, American economic policy ran off the rails in the 1970s and '80s, when US leaders stopped picking winners and started making policy based on abstract theory - in this case, free-market fundamentalism.
Describing his own diatribe "a trifle colourful for an official paper," Magan said Grivas had been an "extraordinary man" who rated practicality over abstract theory.
He doesn't go into abstract theory of character or dramaturgical structures.
When abstract theory is applied to a tangible work, one is able to have a better understanding of what is being said; indeed, Coates excels at applying his theory to the various films he chooses for his text.
Beauty Unlimited, edited by Peg Zeglin Brand, offers twenty essays, each of which implicitly criticizes the abstract theory of Beauty offered by Diotima, from a diverse range of philosophical, critical, and artistic perspectives.
The ensuing assumption that justice needs to be about abstract theory before it is a matter of action can then justify any number of real political choices.