- the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles, includes ontology and cosmology, and is intimately connected with epistemology.
- philosophy, especially in its more abstruse branches.
- the underlying theoretical principles of a subject or field of inquiry.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with first principles, the relation of universals to particulars, and the teleological doctrine of causation.
Origin of metaphysics
Origin of metaphysic
Related Wordssystem, thought, outlook, theory, viewpoint, thinking, idea, wisdom, ideology, attitude, truth, doctrine, logic, tenet, reasoning, view, conception, axiom, reason, values
Examples from the Web for metaphysics
“All these questions of physics and metaphysics have changed because physics have changed,” says Sánchez.Vatican Science on Christmas and Creationism
December 22, 2013
They are read as being about blackness, as both color and mental state, or even as metaphysics.Ad Reinhardt's Black (-on-Black) Humor
December 2, 2013
He is, perhaps, the first crime writer since Christopher Marlowe to have a degree in metaphysics.Why You Should Read Ken Bruen the Master of Irish Noir
March 17, 2012
That went so far as to cast suspicion on all metaphysics, and somewhat on theology.
Metaphysics ought not to exist, do not exist, are a mere nothing.
Why should they not work together in Tiptology, as in Physiology and Metaphysics?The Book of Khalid
But he has hitherto been unable to make the transition from mathematics to metaphysics.Theaetetus
First, the foundation of his argument is laid in the Metaphysics of Aristotle.Charmides
- the branch of philosophy that deals with first principles, esp of being and knowing
- the philosophical study of the nature of reality, concerned with such questions as the existence of God, the external world, etc
- See descriptive metaphysics
- (popularly) abstract or subtle discussion or reasoning
- the system of first principles and assumptions underlying an enquiry or philosophical theory
- an obsolete word for metaphysician
- rare another word for metaphysical
Word Origin and History for metaphysics
1560s, plural of Middle English metaphisik, methaphesik (late 14c.), "branch of speculation which deals with the first causes of things," from Medieval Latin metaphysica, neuter plural of Medieval Greek (ta) metaphysika, from Greek ta meta ta physika "the (works) after the Physics," title of the 13 treatises which traditionally were arranged after those on physics and natural sciences in Aristotle's writings. The name was given c.70 B.C.E. by Andronicus of Rhodes, and was a reference to the customary ordering of the books, but it was misinterpreted by Latin writers as meaning "the science of what is beyond the physical." See meta- + physics. The word originally was used in English in the singular; plural form predominated after 17c., but singular made a comeback late 19c. in certain usages under German influence.
late 14c., from Medieval Latin metaphysica (see metaphysics). The usual form of metaphysics until 16c.; somewhat revived 19c. under German influence.
The field in philosophy that studies ultimate questions, such as whether every event has a cause and what things are genuinely real.