American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To ascribe material existence to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To attribute substantial existence to; make into or regard as a distinct individual substance or reality. A hypostatized attribute is one which is itself regarded as the subject of attributes or characters; and a hypostatized relation is one treated as having relations to other relations. Also hypostatise, hypostasise, hypostasize.
- v. transitive To make into, or regarded as, a separate and distinct substance; to construct a contextually-subjective and complex abstraction, idea, or concept into a universal object without regard to nuance or change in character.
- v. transitive To attribute actual or personal existence to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make into, or regarded as, a separate and distinct substance.
- v. To attribute actual or personal existence to.
- v. construe as a real existence, of a conceptual entity
- From Greek hupostatos, placed under, substantial, from huphistasthai, to stand under, exist : hupo, beneath; see hypo- + histasthai, middle voice of histanai, to set, place; see epistasis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As in the other disciplines of metaphysics, Kant suggests that we are motivated (perhaps even constrained) to represent the idea as a real object, to hypostatize it, in accordance the demand for the unconditioned:”
“Ernst Bloch, who also rejects the Christian tendency to hypostatize the future into an already existing God.”
“Recourse has also been made to vague principles which hypostatize the problem and call it a solution, e.g.,”
“When we hypostatize our hopes and wishes and treat them as matters of fact, even though they cannot be proved to be either true or false, they assume a form which Sorel describes as myth.”
“They hypostatize and deify an abstraction as though it were itself existent and divine.”
“The Reformation ran the same course as in England earlier; one is almost tempted to hypostatize it and say that it took the bit between its teeth and ran away with its riders.”
“If we apply it also to qualities of things, we hypostatize the abstract quality.”
“But the temptation must have been great for the philosopher to hypostatize this hope, or rather this impetus, of the new science, and to convert a general rule of method into a fundamental law of things.”
“We proceed afterwards to hypostatize this idea of the sum-total of all reality, by changing the distributive unity of the empirical exercise of the understanding into the collective unity of an empirical whole -- a dialectical illusion, and by cogitating this whole or sum of experience as an individual thing, containing in itself all empirical reality.”
“Together we hypostatize the divine presence, not to be maligned by Jackanapes Marprelate orthographers!!!”
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