ⓘ Conceptual system. A conceptual system is a system that is composed of non-physical objects, i.e. ideas or concepts. In this context a system is taken to mean a ..


ⓘ Conceptual system

A conceptual system is a system that is composed of non-physical objects, i.e. ideas or concepts. In this context a system is taken to mean "an interrelated, interworking set of objects".


1. Overview

A conceptual system is a conceptual model. Such systems may be related to any topic from formal science to individual imagination. Conceptual systems may be found within the human mind, as works of art and fiction, and within the academic world. Indeed, this article may be understood as a conceptual system because it includes a set of interrelated concepts.

Broadly, when a conceptual system includes a range of values, ideas, and beliefs the conceptual system is said be a view of the world. In psychology and social work, a conceptual system may refer to an individuals mental model of the world. In humans, a conceptual system may be understood as kind of a metaphor for the world. In science, there are many forms of conceptual systems including laws, theories, and models. Those conceptual systems may be developed through inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, and empirical analysis.

The idea that the human mind might contain conceptual systems goes back at least as far as Kellys personal construct theory in 1955. More recently, many scholars discuss conceptual systems and the importance of understanding them. On the personal level, the human mind is generally held to contain a wide range of conceptual systems although they are not well organized. Indeed, our minds are full of conflicting mental models which makes decision making unreliable - particularly in large-scale, complex situations.

Within the academic literature, each theory may be understood as a conceptual system. Conceptual systems are generally held to have greater value when they are more useful, based on more research, and are more systemically interrelated.

Generally, that validity may also be described in terms of its internal coherence and the correspondence between the conceptual system and other systems e.g. social systems or physical systems. Coherence may be tested by Integrative complexity for individuals and by Integrative Propositional Analysis for academic theories. Correspondence is generally tested by empirical analysis and conditions of falsifiability. The conceptual system may then be said to model the physical or social system and serve as a guide for individual behavior or academic research.


1.1. Overview Examples

Examples of conceptual systems include:

  • Entity-relationship model
  • Laws of science
  • Assumptions
  • Business decision map
  • Unified Modeling Language
  • Mind map
  • Schema
  • Policy
  • Ethics
  • Metalogic
  • Model
  • Object-oriented programming: allows conceptual systems to be defined in a robust manner.
  • Values
  • Theory
  • Strategic plan
  • A conceptual model is a representation of a system made of the composition of concepts which are used to help people know, understand, or simulate a subject
  • Beverley Skeggs Conceptual proliferation Conceptual history Conceptual necessity Conceptual schema Conceptual metaphor Conceptual model Conceptual blending Conceptual
  • Conceptual art, also referred to as conceptualism is art in which the concept s or idea s involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic
  • John F. Sowa Sowa 1976 used them to represent the conceptual schemas used in database systems The first book on CGs Sowa 1984 applied them to a
  • In cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphor, or cognitive metaphor, refers to the understanding of one idea, or conceptual domain, in terms of another
  • of users. The conceptual model is also known as the data model that can be used to describe the conceptual schema when a database system is implemented
  • Conceptual interoperability is a concept in simulation theory. However, it is broadly applicable for other model - based information technology domains.
  • vibrations. Conceptual systems Phase space Physical phenomenon Physical ontology Signal - flow graph Systems Engineering Systems Science Thermodynamic system Conceptual
  • Conceptual writing often used interchangeably with conceptual poetry is a term which describes a range of experimental texts based on techniques such
  • Conceptual blending, also called conceptual integration or view application, is a theory of cognition developed by Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner.
  • defined systems in terms of conceptual concrete, and abstract systems either isolated, closed, or open. Walter F. Buckley defined systems in sociology