American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Metaphysics.
- n. A system of metaphysics.
- n. An underlying philosophical or theoretical principle: a belief in luck, the metaphysic of the gambler.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- adj. philosophy, archaic Metaphysical.
- n. philosophy, uncountable, archaic The field of study of metaphysics.
- n. philosophy, countable The metaphysical system of a particular philosopher or of a particular school of thought.
- n. philosophy, countable A fundamental principle or key concept.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Middle English methaphisik, metaphisik; see metaphysics. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“As Crary notes, "movement and time could be seen and experienced, but never represented" (34), and hence the camera obscura "is inseparable from a certain metaphysic of interiority: it is a figure for both the observer who is nominally a free sovereign individual and a privatized subject confined in a quasi-domestic space, cut off from a public exterior world" (39).”
“A very little reflection will be sufficient to satisfy us that without the aid of conceptions higher than those of sense-experience -- and that is all the word metaphysic means -- it would be absolutely impossible to formulate a single scientific generalisation.”
“The metaphysic of speculative reason is what is commonly called metaphysic in the more limited sense.”
“One can say, at any rate, that deformed in his own private life, he became absorbed in what has come to be called the metaphysic of a bureaucratic nightmare in which one is born powerless, accused and self-accused, not knowing of what.”
“The speculative part of metaphysic, which has especially appropriated this appellation -- that which we have called the metaphysic of nature -- and which considers everything, as it is (not as it ought to be), by means of a priori conceptions, is divided in the following manner.”
“If there exists on any subject a philosophy (that is, a system of rational knowledge based on concepts), then there must also be for this philosophy a system of pure rational concepts, independent of any condition of intuition, in other words, a metaphysic.”
“The system which has thus arisen appears to be a kind of metaphysic narrowed to the point of view of the individual mind, through which, as through some new optical instrument limiting the sphere of vision, the interior of thought and sensation is examined.”
“You start with a limerick, you conclude with a metaphysic: man alone and pants-down absurd in a universe crammed with meanings.”
“(The Modern account of nature) And a curious paper by Wolfgang Schmidt, who contends that the paradoxes of quantum theory are due entirely to the Cartesian metaphysic adopted by the Moderns: "From Schroedinger's Cat to Thomistic Ontology.”
“He also warns against metaphysic construction of time.”
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