hypostatisation love



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  • noun regarding something abstract as a material thing


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  • This conviction explains the main characteristic of his philosophical style, to which all his contributions can be traced back: a strong propensity towards hypostatisation.

    John Wyclif

  • Marx explores this sort of hypostatisation in sections of this chapter, allowing the text to give voice to perspectives, as he did in chapter 1, that present an "inverted" image of social relations as arising from the intrinsic properties of material things.


  • We would therefore expect that a perspective that presents capital as a god-process, one that overleaps human practices and grounds itself, achieving autonomous and free self-development independent of human action, will be repositioned as a hypostatisation - an over-extrapolation from socially valid characteristics that fails to grasp the limitations and bounds within which those characteristics can be realised.



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  • "And so it went on: the grapes of wrath trailed across Afghanistan and Iraq, the bitter vendage of civilian deaths, then the hypostatisation of terror through the cirrhotic liver of another failed state."

    Psychogeography by Will Self, 17

    October 11, 2010