Metaphysics

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Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly. — William James, The Principles of Psychology

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Introduction1

Introduction to Metaphysics (Academy of Ideas)

Dictionary

metaphysics : a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being — Webster

Dictionary of Philosophical Terms & Names (Philosophy Pages)

Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, OneLook

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, although the term is not easily defined. Traditionally, metaphysics attempts to answer two basic questions in the broadest possible terms:

Ultimately, what is there?
What is it like?

A person who studies metaphysics is called a metaphysician. The metaphysician attempts to clarify the fundamental notions by which people understand the world, e.g., existence, objects and their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility. A central branch of metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into the basic categories of being and how they relate to each other. Another central branch of metaphysics is cosmology, the study of the origin, fundamental structure, nature, and dynamics of the universe. Some include epistemology as another central focus of metaphysics, but others question this. — Wikipedia

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Encyclopædia Britannica

Outline

Outline of Metaphysics (Wikipedia)

Portal

Metaphysics (Jonathan Schaffer, PhilPapers)

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Preservation

History

Heraclitus v. Parmenides – Flux v. Stasis (Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Institute)

The Origin of Metaphysics (Anton-Hermann Chroust, The Review of Metaphysics)
Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Gabriele Galluzzo, Oxford Bibliographies)
Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Classics@MIT)

Texts Sources

The Value of Knowledge: A Miniature Library of Philosophy (Andy Blunden)
Early Modern Philosophy Texts

Quotation

11 Metaphysical Quotes That Can Get You Motivated for Work (John Boitnott, Inc.)

Quotations Page, Wikiquote

Library

Library of Congress Call Number BD Metaphysics (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

Metaphysics Tools (Philosopher’s Toolkit, Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Course

Crash Course Philosophy (YouTube Channel)

Community

News

Metaphysica: A Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics
Philosophical research online: Metaphysics (Jonathan Schaffer, PhilPapers)
The Review of Metaphysics: A Philosophical Quarterly (Philosophy Documentation Center)

Book

ISBNdb

Bibliography

Metametaphysics (Anna-Sofia Maurin, Alexander Skiles, Oxford Bibliographies)
Aristotle’s Metaphysics (Gabriele Galluzzo, Oxford Bibliographies)
Contemporary Metaphysics (Allan Hazlett, Oxford Bibliographies)

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Arts

Art of the metaphysical: from the outside looking in (Rocerick Conway Morris, New York Times)
The Metaphysics of Fine Art (Arthur Schopenhauer, translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form
Foundation
Theory
Philosophy Metaphysics, Logic, Epistemology, Ethics, Aesthetics
System, Cycle, Structure, Growth, Complexity, Control, Disturbance, Entropy, Chaos
Process, Manage, Design, Prototype, Implement, Assess, Revise, Maintain

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Notes

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