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French for ‘idea’

Common clue: ____ fixe; Cannes concept; Cannes brainstorm; Nice notion; Henri's thought; It popped into Descartes's head; French bean product?; Inventeur's need

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A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on ~ John F. Kennedy

Plato, one of the first philosophers to discuss ideas in detail.

An idea is an image existing or formed in the mind. The human capacity to contemplate ideas is associated with the capacity for reason, self-reflection, and the ability to acquire and apply intellect. Ideas give rise to concepts, which are the basis for any kind of knowledge whether science or philosophy. However, in a popular sense, an idea can arise even when there is no serious reflection, for example, when we talk about the idea of a person or a place.

Idee fixe - an idea that remains fixed and unchanging becoming a conviction or focus and often becoming an obsession (from the French meaning “fixed idea”.)

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