Why Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, Maths and other are included in abstract. Why not they are called proper nouns?

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    They are abstract because you can't touch, see, smell, taste or hear any of them. They would be proper nouns if someone was named, for example, Mr Physics Chemistry, middle name Biology. I'm not certain whether their being names of academic disciplines qualifies them to be proper nouns. – Lawrence Jun 28 '17 at 2:45
  • Note that those words are only capitalized when they are part of a title (of a school course, an agency, a journal article, etc). – Hot Licks Jun 28 '17 at 2:49
  • Course names are considered to be proper nouns. – Lawrence Jun 28 '17 at 2:50
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    @HotLicks Exactly. :) – Lawrence Jun 29 '17 at 5:40
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    @Lawrence: Thanks for the link.  I was thinking that languages are proper nouns because their names are capitalized, even when not obviously derived from some other proper noun: Dutch, Esperanto, Latin, Basic, C, Java, Lisp, Perl, Python, etc. — although Wikipedia says that “Esperanto” was the pseudonym that the language’s creator used for the book defining it. Also I stumbled across the fact that Wiktionary seems to write “afrikaans” in lowercase (and spellcheck is currently saying that it should be capitalized). – Scott Aug 21 '17 at 15:23

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