By this post, we are starting to publish papers, lectures presented in our lodge.
Metaphysics is defined as the theoretical philosophy of being and of knowing. I had always thought it came from the Greek meta, beyond and physics, the study of the natural world. But it really comes from the phrase ta meta ta physika, the things after “the Physics”: that is, the treatise that Aristotle wrote that is situated in the collection after the one on “Physics”! Nowadays it includes epistemology, the study of knowledge; ontology, the study of existence; and cosmology.
By R.W. Bro. David J. Cameron
Featured image at the top: Beginning of book 7 of Aristotle’s Metaphysics, translated into latin by William of Moerbeke. 14th century manuscript.
By Peter Damian (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons