Metaphysics

noun

Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that studies the essence of a thing. This includes questions of being, becoming, persistence, existence, and reality.[1] The word “metaphysics” comes from the Greek words that literally mean “beyond nature”. “Nature” in this sense refers to the nature of a thing, such as its cause and purpose. Metaphysics then studies questions of a thing beyond or above questions of its nature, in particular its essence or its qualities of being. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in a “suitably abstract and fully general manner”, the questions:[2]

  1. What is there?
  2. And what is it like?

Topics of metaphysical investigation include existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility.

Source: Wikipedia

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