An example of metaphysics is a study of God versus the Big Bang theory.
Philosophers sometimes say that metaphysics is the study of the ultimate nature of the universe.
The metaphysics of law.
The metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas holds that all real beings have both essence and existence.
In Aristotelian metaphysics physical objects have both form and matter.
In his PensÃ©es, Pascal mentioned some first principles recognized within his metaphysics: space, time, motion, and number.
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 Î¼ÎµÏ„Î±Ï†Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ÎºÎ¬ (metaphusika), from the title of the collection by Aristotle Î¼ÎµÏ„á½° Ï„á½° Ï†Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ÎºÎ¬ (meta ta phusika), a collection that comes after (Î¼ÎµÏ„Î¬ (meta)) Aristotle's collection entitled Ï„á½° Ï†Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ÎºÎ¬ (ta phusika), from Ï†Ï…ÏƒÎ¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (phusikos, “natural").