Definition of metaphysics
- steered philosophy away from metaphysics and toward the disciplines of natural science and linguistics
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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.
First Known Use: 1569See Words from the same year
: the part of philosophy that is concerned with the basic causes and nature of things
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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