Definition of hypostasize in English:


Line breaks: hy¦pos|ta¦size
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒstəsʌɪz
(also hypostasise)


[with object] formal
  • Treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality: if religion is beyond speech or predication, as Gandhi affirms, can it be hypostasized?
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    • To posit a rupture is to hypostasize a piercing through; an Aufhebung which neither lifts up nor preserves the dialectic.
    • Nozick protests that he does not, as Hacking charges, describe rationality as a ‘hypostasised entity.’
    • Love as God's mode of existence ‘hypostasizes’ God, constitutes his being.

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