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Dusty Larson
3/05/2006 3:28pm,
As far as I know, a principle is a collection of facts bundled into a general statement - these are easier to learn from in my experience.

But what would a concept be as opposed to that? A philisophical mindset put into a statement?

3/05/2006 3:58pm,
According to what you find in the dictionary, principles are more concrete established facts and truths.

1. A basic truth, law, or assumption: the principles of democracy.
a. A rule or standard, especially of good behavior: a man of principle.
b. The collectivity of moral or ethical standards or judgments: a decision based on principle rather than expediency.
3. A fixed or predetermined policy or mode of action.
4. A basic or essential quality or element determining intrinsic nature or characteristic behavior: the principle of self-preservation.
5. A rule or law concerning the functioning of natural phenomena or mechanical processes: the principle of jet propulsion.

Where concepts are more general and less well defined.

1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences.
2. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion. See Synonyms at idea.
3. A scheme; a plan:

In terms of martial arts, I liken principles to physical, tangible things, like the proper structure, good mechanics, alignment, etc. While concepts are more like mental strategies. But that's just me.

3/05/2006 4:26pm,
I think in the sense you are asking about (IE not "morals") - A principle is a rubrick defined through observation of a series of facts and/or application of a series of concepts definitive enough to be tenetively applied to new or uncertain situations.