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metaphysics

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noun plural but singular in construction meta·phys·ics \-ˈfi-ziks\

Simple Definition of metaphysics

  • : the part of philosophy that is concerned with the basic causes and nature of things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of metaphysics

  1. 1 a (1) :  a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology (2) :  ontology 2 b :  abstract philosophical studies :  a study of what is outside objective experience

  2. 2 :  metaphysic 2

Did You Know?

Just as physics deals with the laws that govern the physical world (such as those of gravity or the properties of waves), metaphysics describes what is beyond physics—the nature and origin of reality itself, the immortal soul, and the existence of a supreme being. Opinions about these metaphysical topics vary widely, since what's being discussed can't be observed or measured or even truly known to exist. So most metaphysical questions are still as far from a final answer as they were when Plato and Aristotle were asking them.

Origin and Etymology of metaphysics

Medieval Latin Metaphysica, title of Aristotle's treatise on the subject, from Greek (ta) meta (ta) physika, literally, the (works) after the physical (works); from its position in his collected works


First Known Use: 1569



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