All these materialistic tendencies seem to have one explanation.
But in spite of this its materialistic affinities are unmistakable.
But it is quite possible that his scientific studies had bred in him, as in many others at that time, a materialistic, or at least a naturalistic, turn of mind; indeed, we should expect as much in a man of Van den Ende's somewhat rebellious temperament.
Materialistic views were at the time rampant and fashionable, and faith in immortality was at a low ebb.
Later on he develops the materialistic view of Epicurus, only modifying it so far as to conceive of matter as finite.