Discipline: Philosophy

Any view which emphasizes concepts when analyzing something.

Primarily, conceptualism is a view about universals (things normally denoted in English by words ending in '-hood', '-ness', or '-ty').

It says that these are concepts in the mind (though not necessarily confined to an individual mind), and neither non-material objects with a real existence independent of any mind (as realists hold) nor mere words (as nominalists hold).

In connection with IDENTITY, conceptualism says a governing concept is always involved:

A cannot just be the same thing as B; it must always be the same so-and-so as B.

H Stamland, Universals (1972)


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