Explain the derivation of the word metaphysics?

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It appears to be formed by the union of meta and physics.

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  • 6 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.

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  • 6 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.
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  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    6 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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  • Roger
    Lv 7
    6 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.

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