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The conceptualism ( lat. Conceptus : general term) is an epistemological position within the medieval philosophy. Prepared by Abelard and represented by William von Ockham and his school, she sought a middle ground in the universality dispute . The nominalism admits conceptualism that universals name for Common are; but he follows the (Platonic) conceptual realism when he emphasizes that these names are not arbitrary. For Ockham, general terms are natural signs, just as crying is a sign of grief. It is true that they are not actualized in the thing for which they stand, but they are similar in certain respects.

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