Metaphysics Definition

The branch of philosophy that deals with first principles and seeks to explain the nature of being or reality (ontology) and of the origin and structure of the universe (cosmology): it is also closely associated with the study of the nature of knowledge (epistemology)
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Speculative philosophy in general.
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Esoteric, often mystical or theosophical, lore.
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A priori speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment.
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The theory or principles (of some branch of knowledge)
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Origin of Metaphysics

  • From pl. of Middle English methaphisik from Medieval Latin metaphysica from Medieval Greek (ta) metaphusika from Greek (Ta) meta (ta) phusika (the works) after the Physics, the title of Aristotle's treatise on first principles (so called because it followed his work on physics) meta after meta– phusika physics physics

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin metaphysica, from Byzantine Greek μεταφυσικά (metaphusika), from the title of the collection by Aristotle μετὰ Ï„á½° φυσικά (meta ta phusika), a collection that comes after (μετά (meta)) Aristotle's collection entitled Ï„á½° φυσικά (ta phusika), from φυσικός (phusikos, “natural").

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