American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Philosophy The doctrine, intermediate between nominalism and realism, that universals exist only within the mind and have no external or substantial reality.
- n. A school of abstract art or an artistic doctrine that is concerned with the intellectual engagement of the viewer through conveyance of an idea and negation of the importance of the art object itself.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The psychological doctrine that the meaning of a general class-name, as horse, red, etc., can be fully represented in thought or be actually present to consciousness: opposed both to realism and to nominalism. It is mainly an English doctrine, and Locke is the most celebrated advocate of the opinion. The term is also applied to some of the opinions concerning universals held in the middle ages, under the impression that the questions then at issue were the same as that discussed by the English philosophers.
- n. The art movement towards conceptual art.
- n. philosophy A theory, intermediate between realism and nominalism, that the mind has the power of forming for itself general conceptions of individual or single objects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Metaph.) A theory, intermediate between realism and nominalism, that the mind has the power of forming for itself general conceptions of individual or single objects.
- n. the doctrine that the application of a general term to various objects indicates the existence of a mental entity that mediates the application
- conceptual + -ism (Wiktionary)
“So we might cautiously admit to the correctness of "conceptualism" -- that anything we say about the objective or real features of the world in inevitably couched within a set of concepts or categories, and there is no uniquely best set of concepts on the basis of which to analyze experience.”
“Such a technocratic approach indicates to me doctrinalism (maybe even formalism) run amok; there's a crying need for some "conceptualism".”
“If you suggest a movement in the arts please try to narrow it down a little bit - 'conceptualism' is far, far too broad, for example.”
“If your ears go back, like a frightened horse, at the word 'conceptualism' when applied to modern art, you may not be very pleased to know that this is a hot topic in landscape design at the moment.”
“conceptualism," and ready, like Protagoras, to show us how man is the measure of all things and how the individual is the measure of man.”
“That kind of conceptualism is of a piece with the various "philosophies" mathematicians ” and scientists ” espouse not as a result of argument and reflection but as, one suspects, a means of deflecting them.”
“Just as daunting is judging whether Cheng's paintings and drawings successfully conflate the artistic conceptualism that informs her work with the vibrantly painted forms through which her conceptualism is realized.”
“In their stark conceptualism, Cheng's paintings appear anything but sentimental or unifying.”
“But what it says to me, in an era when conceptualism and language and words are very important, in the '60s and '70s, African-American artists were doing it.”
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