Definition of conceptualism in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɛptjʊəlɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun] Philosophy
The theory that universals can be said to exist, but only as concepts in the mind.
Example sentences
  • Thus he was particularly devoted to figurative painting, championing it at a time when conceptualism and ‘art theory’ kept all painting on the defensive.
  • One consequence of this conceptualism was the loss of a feeling for complexity in art - the richness of specification of traditional mimesis and the intriguing formal relationships of modernist art were often abandoned.
  • What is probably the very first monograph ever devoted to Auriol deals with his conceptualism.



Pronunciation: /kənˈsɛptʃ(ʊ)əlɪst/
Example sentences
  • It is this conceptualist self-reflexivity which is so often the sign of a postmodernist origin.
  • By Lyons's definition, Cognitive Grammar would count as unashamedly conceptualist.
  • Lest the conceptualists feel overlooked, I should mention Les Leveque's 2 Spellbound, an eight-minute version of Hitchcock's feature film Spellbound.
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