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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?

But he has hitherto been unable to make the transition from mathematics to metaphysics.

First, the foundation of his argument is laid in the Metaphysics of Aristotle.

Maimon rescued Wolff's Metaphysics from a butterman for two groschen.

Anywhere else he seems a court-beauty wandering into metaphysics.

But we do not have to deal here with the metaphysics of "Science and Health."

He stood for a moment, filled with theology and metaphysics.

All that I had ever read in psychology and metaphysics came back to me.


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.


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