Sunday, June 5, 2011

Definitions - What is Metaphysics

Definition Of Metaphysics
 
The word metaphysics, or metaphysic, was coined by the ancient Greeks, “meta” meaning “beyond or after” and “physic” meaning “physical,” therefore metaphysics meant to the Greeks “beyond or after the physical.”

According to Webster’s Dictionary, Banner Press, NY, 1978, metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with the origin and structure of the universe.

According to Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, Funk & Wagnalls, NY, 1973 metaphysics is: The branch of philosophy that investigates principles of reality transcending those of any particular science, traditionally including cosmology, ontology, and speculative philosophy.

Ontology: The branch of metaphysics dealing with the philosophical theory of reality, including consideration of the universal and necessary characteristics of all existence, also, a particular theory of reality.

Cosmology: The general philosophy of the universe considered as a totality of parts and phenomena subject to laws.