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met·a·phys·ics

(mĕt′ə-fĭz′ĭks)
n.
1. (used with a sing. verb) Philosophy The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, possibility and actuality.
2. (used with a pl. verb) The theoretical or first principles of a particular discipline: the metaphysics of law.
3. (used with a sing. verb) A priori speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment.
4. (used with a sing. verb) Excessively subtle or recondite reasoning.

[From pl. of Middle English methaphisik, from Medieval Latin metaphysica, from Medieval Greek (ta) metaphusika, from Greek (Ta) meta (ta) phusika, (the works) after the Physics, the title of Aristotle's treatise on first principles (so called because it followed his work on physics) : meta, after; see meta- + phusika, physics; see physics.]

metaphysics

(ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪks)
n (functioning as singular)
1. (Philosophy) the branch of philosophy that deals with first principles, esp of being and knowing
2. (Philosophy) the philosophical study of the nature of reality, concerned with such questions as the existence of God, the external world, etc
3. (Philosophy) See descriptive metaphysics
4. (popularly) abstract or subtle discussion or reasoning
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Greek ta meta ta phusika the things after the physics, from the arrangement of the subjects treated in the works of Aristotle]
metaphysician, metaphysicist n

met•a•phys•ics

(ˌmɛt əˈfɪz ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the branch of philosophy that treats of first principles, includes ontology and cosmology, and is intimately connected with epistemology.
2. philosophy, esp. in its more abstruse branches.

metaphysics

a branch of philosophy concerned with being, first principles, and often including aspects of cosmology and epistemology. — metaphysician, n.metaphysical, adj.
See also: Philosophy

metaphysics

A branch of philosophy dealing with questions of being.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.metaphysics - the philosophical study of being and knowingmetaphysics - the philosophical study of being and knowing
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
ontology - the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
cosmology - the metaphysical study of the origin and nature of the universe
entelechy - (Aristotle) the state of something that is fully realized; actuality as opposed to potentiality
Translations

metaphysics

[ˌmetəˈfɪzɪks] NSINGmetafísica f

metaphysics

[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪks] nmétaphysique f

metaphysics

n singMetaphysik f

metaphysics

[ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪks] nsgmetafisica
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Thirteen authors contribute to this attempt to connect science with metascience, more specifically physics with a version of trinitarian theology.
Abrams, "Coleridge's 'A Light in Sound': Science, Metascience, and Poetic Imagination," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 116.
Nevertheless, since any meaningful discussion of the orientation of science needs to address inter alia its aims and directions, its foundations, concerns and approaches, as well as its position in a certain context--or structure--of relations, our discussion, rather than being conducted in the specific mould of science in the former sense, needs to be interdisciplinary (2) and, in many instances, falls more into the purview of metascience and philosophy, or what a physicist positively calls "the science before science.