Vocabulary: Metaphysics and Metaphysical

Multiple definitions of the term ‘metaphysical’ can muck up communication if it is unclear which definition is in use.

The prefix, meta, has many definitions; it can mean: behind, beyond, transcending, encompassing, between, higher, and/or more developed.

Also, ‘meta’ can mean: after — the Greek phrase “ta meta ta phusika” translates to ‘the things after the Physics’, referring to a series of books by Aristotle called The Metaphysics, which followed his writings on physics.

The term metaphysical often evokes impressions of occult practices.

As used on this site, metaphysical refers neither to Aristotle’s books, nor to the branch of philosophy called Metaphysics that deals with such concepts as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.  Nor does it have anything to do with occult practices.

Unless otherwise noted, when encountering the word ‘metaphysical’ in the context of Quadernity, it may be read to mean beyond, transcending, or underlying – physicality.

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