meta·​phys·​ic | \ ˌme-tə-ˈfi-zik How to pronounce metaphysic (audio) \

Definition of metaphysic

b : a particular system of metaphysics
2 : the system of principles underlying a particular study or subject : philosophy sense 3b

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Recent Examples on the Web But a lot of these new metaphysics are being made up on prime time. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "An Interview with Douglas Murray: Gender, Race, and Identity," 1 Oct. 2019 His supporters, though, tend to back him less for metaphysics than for rude practicality. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Whose Soul Is Joe Biden Fighting For?," 25 Nov. 2019 Of course, people may also be weak-willed about starting to read about metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A new book for ‘those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their questions’," 20 Nov. 2019 Science cannot seek to prove or disprove the existence of God because science cannot use metaphysics or the supernatural for explanation. al, "Christian biologist: Faith and evolution can co-exist," 8 Dec. 2019 Conversation spiralled, with users making arguments about Cartesian metaphysics and quoting Socrates. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 And so, my technique with this book — as with the last one — is to try to go to everything from the metaphysics and the philosophy all the way through to the popular culture. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "An Interview with Douglas Murray: Gender, Race, and Identity," 1 Oct. 2019 His theory is that art gets the metaphysics of space in a way that many who've been there cannot express. Thomas Page, CNN, "James Gray on 'Ad Astra,' little green men and firing Brad Pitt into space," 16 Sep. 2019 The series, which features recurring characters as well as stand-alone stories, plays fast and loose with metaphysics, laws of time and space, and conventional storytelling formats. Christopher Arnott,, "Here’s how the weird fictional podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ will come to life at College Street Music Hall," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of metaphysic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for metaphysic

Middle English metaphesyk, from Medieval Latin metaphysica

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“Metaphysic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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