Sentence Examples


  • Like the early Ionians he postulated a primary substance, fire, out of which all things have emerged and into which all must return.
  • He postulated primitive Matter, identical with air and mingled with Mind, thus avoiding the dualism of Anaxagoras.
  • For the world as a whole, however, he postulated a beginning in time (whence his use of the word creation), and further supposed that the impulse of organization which was conveyed to chaotic matter by the Creator issued from a central point in the infinite space spreading gradually outwards.
  • Though again in the Transcendental Dialect he spoke of pure reason conceiving " ideals " of noumena, he did not mean that a noumenon is nothing but a thought arising only through thinking, or projected by reason, but meant that pure reason can only conceive the " ideal " while, over and above the " ideal " of pure reason, a noumenon is a real thing, a thing in itself, which is not indeed known, but whose existence is postulated by practical reason in the three instances of God, freedom, and immortality.
  • This Barlaam held to be polytheistic, inasmuch as it postulated two eternal substances, a visible and an invisible God.