from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ascribe material existence to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. 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. To attribute actual or personal existence to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make into, or regarded as, a separate and distinct substance.
- transitive v. To attribute actual or personal existence to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To attribute substantial existence to; make into or regard as a distinct individual substance or reality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. construe as a real existence, of a conceptual entity
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!!!