Explain the derivation of the word metaphysics?
- RPLv 76 months ago
It appears to be formed by the union of meta and physics.
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
meta is greek and is used to mean something that follows another thing in some way, so beyond, the next after, is the general idea. physics refers to knowledge of nature, so metaphysics is knowledge that is beyond nature, what exists behind or after nature in a conceptual way.
- embroidery fanLv 76 months ago
The word part "meta" means "beyond" in Greek. So, metaphysics is the part of philosophy that deals with what is beyond the physical word, like the spiritual world.Source(s): I am currently reading a dictionary of where words come from.
- oikoσLv 76 months ago
Way back when, there was a book that covered the subject and discussed it right after the discussion of Physics. Hence, the "meta-".
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- RogerLv 76 months ago
"Meta" means "from a higher vantage point or perspective; above" "Physics" signifies the tangible—the touchable, seeable, physical. Metaphysics therefore is what is above that which we can apprehend or know by sense impression.