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[kuh n-sep-choo-uh-liz-uh m]
noun Philosophy.
  1. any of several doctrines existing as a compromise between realism and nominalism and regarding universals as concepts.Compare nominalism, realism(def 5).
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Origin of conceptualism

First recorded in 1830–40; conceptual + -ism
Related formscon·cep·tu·al·ist, nouncon·cep·tu·al·is·tic, adjectivecon·cep·tu·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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  • The conceptualist could be depended upon to answer our question in the negative.

  • According to the empiricist, the former is the case, according to the conceptualist, the latter.

  • Conceptualist logicians, who speak of judgments instead of propositions, of course define the judgment in their own language.


    Carveth Read

  • There is a significant point of agreement between the conceptualist and the empiricist.

  • As preliminary to this, it has been already shown that the Conceptualist view of propositions, viz.

British Dictionary definitions for conceptualist


  1. the philosophical theory that the application of general words to a variety of objects reflects the existence of some mental entity through which the application is mediated and which constitutes the meaning of the termCompare nominalism, realism, Platonism
  2. the philosophical view that there is no reality independent of our conception of it, or (as in the philosophy of Kant) that the intellect is not a merely passive recipient of experience but rather imposes a structure on it
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Derived Formsconceptualist, nounconceptualistic, adjective
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