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Realists were Scholasticists who preferred the works of Plato and his belief that universals existed in their own right. This view was at odds with Nominalism.[1] Conceptualism designates several metaphysical doctrines proposing a compromise between realism and nominalism which regard universals as concepts. See Objectivism. Compare Idea and Idealism.


  1. The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989