τὴν ἐπιστήτην (Meno 85d), "bringing up and taking up—above and beyond the other—taking the knowledge itself from out of himself."

There is a prior grasping together in this *mente concipere* of what
should be uniformly determinative of each body as such, i.e., for
being bodily. All bodies are alike. No motion is special. Every place
is like every other, each moment like any other. Every force
becomes determinable only by the change of motion which it
causes—this change in motion being understood as a change of
place. All determinations of bodies have one basic blueprint, according
to which the natural process is nothing but the space-time
determination of the motion of points of mass. This fundamental
design of nature at the same time circumscribes its realm as everywhere
uniform.

Now, if we summarize at a glance all that has been said, we can grasp the essence of the mathematical more sharply. Up to now we have stated only its general characteristic, that it is a taking cognizance of something, what it takes being something it gives to itself from itself, thereby giving to itself what it already has. We now summarize the fuller essential determination of the mathematical in a few separate points:

1.The mathematical is, as *mente concipere*, a project of thingness
which, as it were, skips over the things. The project first opens a
domain where things—i.e., facts—show themselves.

2. In this projection is posited that which things are taken as,
what and how they are to be evaluated beforehand. Such evaluation
and taking-for is called in Greek ἀξιόω. The anticipating determinations
and assertions in the project are ἀξιώματα. Newton therefore
entitles the section in which he presents the fundamental
determinations about things as moved *Axiοmata, sive leges motus*
[The Axioms or Laws of Motion]. The project is axiomatic. Insofar
as every science and cognition is expressed in propositions, the
cognition that is taken and posited in the mathematical project is
of such a kind as to set things upon their foundation in advance.
The axioms are *fundamental* propositions.