His position is ordinarily designated by the name Conceptualism (q.v.), though there is very little talk of concepts in Abelard's own writings.
Even Abelard's mediating doctrine of conceptualism was sufficiently near to obnoxious ideas to involve him in lifelong persecution.
While it asserted a realism of individuals, it admitted a conceptualism of universals.
As regards his so-called Conceptualism and his attitude to the question of Universals, see Scholasticism.