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a. Metaphysics.
b. A system of metaphysics.
2. An underlying philosophical or theoretical principle: a belief in luck, the metaphysic of the gambler.

[Middle English methaphisik, metaphisik; see metaphysics.]


1. (Philosophy) the system of first principles and assumptions underlying an enquiry or philosophical theory
2. (Philosophy) an obsolete word for metaphysician
(Philosophy) rare another word for metaphysical


(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.
References in classic literature ?
I shall then briefly sketch the nature of that fundamental science which I believe to be the true metaphysic, in which mind and matter alike are seen to be constructed out of a neutral stuff, whose causal laws have no such duality as that of psychology, but form the basis upon which both physics and psychology are built.
It is such considerations that make students of psychophysiology materialistic in their methods, whatever they may be in their metaphysics.
Causal laws so stated would, I believe, be applicable to psychology and physics equally; the science in which they were stated would succeed in achieving what metaphysics has vainly attempted, namely a unified account of what really happens, wholly true even if not the whole of truth, and free from all convenient fictions or unwarrantable assumptions of metaphysical entities.
Any argument for (CII) from the four-dimensional metaphysic, he suggests, must be question-begging.
Then it presents arguments against emergentism, both as a wider metaphysic and as an account of consciousness.
Harrison does this while only occasionally allowing himself to become recruited as an acolyte-expositor of Lawrence's so-called metaphysic, as so many critics have done in the past.
What is the metaphysic that will provide hope and assurance for human life?
Having published extensively on the metaphysic of Arabic philosopher Ibn Sina (980-1037 AD) and its reception in the Latin Middle Ages, Bertolacci (philosophy, U.
Fourth, I argue that personalism originates not in Kantianism but in a metaphysic of being, which Kraynak never philosophically engages.
New situations and particular invitations to give talks often sparked clarifications that later appeared as essays or chapters published principally in Creative Fidelity (1940), Homo Viator: An Introduction to a Metaphysic of Hope (1941-43), and The Existential Background of Human Dignity (1963).
In one passage, Arkes says of Kant's statement tracing "the whole of ethics" to "the general concept of the rational being as such" that it "should be set down in all the primers," but Kant would sharply distinguish his moral metaphysic from any account of nature--unlike Arkes, who relies on the evidence of biology in his attack on abortion.
Eisenman writes that "the essence of the act of architecture is the dislocation of an ever-reconstituting metaphysic of architecture.