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Metaphysics
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1. Term and Concept

The term “metaphysics” derives from the Gk. expression ta meta ta physika (lit. “the things that come after physics”), which stands as the title of a work by Aristotle (384–322 b.c.; Aristotelianism). The name was long attributed to a bibliographic accident, to placement of the book after the Physics in the Aristotelian canon. But the name in fact fits the sequence that knowledge takes according to Aristotle. In controversy with the earlier Ionian and Eleatic p…

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Hofmeister, Heimo and Brown, Robert F., “Metaphysics”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M386>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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