Concept vs Idea - What's the difference?

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Idea is a see also of concept.


As nouns the difference between concept and idea

is that concept is an understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept) while idea is (philosophy) an abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.

concept

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept).
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  • , date = 2011-07-20 , author = Edwin Mares , title = Propositional Functions , site = The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy , url = http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/propositional-function , accessdate = 2012-07-15 }}
    Frege's concepts are very nearly propositional functions in the modern sense. Frege explicitly recognizes them as functions. Like Peirce's rhema, a concept is unsaturated . They are in some sense incomplete. Although Frege never gets beyond the metaphorical in his description of the incompleteness of concepts and other functions, one thing is clear: the distinction between objects and functions is the main division in his metaphysics. There is something special about functions that makes them very different from objects.
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  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts' are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological ' concept ?}}
  • (programming)   In generic programming, a description of supported operations on a type, including their syntax and semantics.
  • Synonyms

    * conception * notion * abstraction

    Hyponyms

    * conceptualization, conceptualisation, conceptuality * notion * scheme * rule, regulation * property, attribute, dimension * abstraction, abstract * quantity * part, section, division * whole * law, natural law, law of nature * hypothesis * possibility * theory * fact * rule

    Derived terms

    * concept car * concept map * high-concept * macroconcept * microconcept * primitive concept * proof of concept

    See also

    * essential * fundamental * idea * meaning * pattern * thought

    idea

    English

    (wikipedia idea)

    Noun

  • (philosophy) An abstract archetype of a given thing, compared to which real-life examples are seen as imperfect approximations; pure essence, as opposed to actual examples.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-10-19, volume=409, issue=8858, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Trouble at the lab , passage=The idea that the same experiments always get the same results, no matter who performs them, is one of the cornerstones of science’s claim to objective truth. If a systematic campaign of replication does not lead to the same results, then either the original research is flawed (as the replicators claim) or the replications are (as many of the original researchers on priming contend). Either way, something is awry.}}
  • (obsolete) The conception of someone or something as representing a perfect example; an ideal.
  • (obsolete) The form or shape of something; a quintessential aspect or characteristic.
  • *, II.6:
  • The remembrance whereof (which yet I beare deepely imprinted in my minde) representing me her visage and Idea so lively and so naturally, doth in some sort reconcile me unto her.
  • An image of an object that is formed in the mind or recalled by the memory.
  • More generally, any result of mental activity; a thought, a notion; a way of thinking.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=3 , passage=Now all this was very fine, but not at all in keeping with the Celebrity's character as I had come to conceive it. The idea that adulation ever cloyed on him was ludicrous in itself. In fact I thought the whole story fishy, and came very near to saying so.}}
  • * 1952 , (Alfred Whitney Griswold)
  • Ideas won't go to jail.
  • A conception in the mind of something to be done; a plan for doing something, an (l).
  • * , chapter=3
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.}}
  • A vague or fanciful (l); a feeling or hunch; an impression.
  • (music) A musical theme or melodic subject.
  • Synonyms

    * image

    Descendants

    * Japanese: (aidia)

    Derived terms

    * bad idea * good idea * idea'd * idea man * it seemed like a good idea at the time * idea monger * idea of reference * idea pot * life-idea * memory-idea * mother-idea * no idea * one-idea * received idea * sense-idea * simple idea * the very idea

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