The cognition of an object through the medium of a metaphysical entity, namely a category (mental label). Conceptual cognition mentally labels an audio category or meaning category on the object that the mental aspect it assumes resembles, and mixes and confuses the two.
Tibetan: rtog-pa; rtog-bcas-kyi shes-pa
J. Hopkins: Conceptual consciousness; thought
Synonyms: Conceptual thought