2 thoughts on “How do metaphysical terms differ from philosophical ones?

  1. Metaphysics IS philosophy. Philosophy is metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political science, and aesthetics.

    “Metaphysics is the foundation of philosophy. Without an explanation or an interpretation of the world around us, we would be helpless to deal with reality. We could not feed ourselves, or act to preserve our lives. The degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct is the degree to which we are able to comprehend the world, and act accordingly. Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes suspect. Any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live. http://www.importanceofphilosophy.com/Metaphysics_Main.html

    Why is this true? Because metaphysical terms are those that represent our ideas about life and existence itself. It is not metaphysical to say “Flowers are sentient enough to follow the sun across the sky.” But the meaning of every one of those words, and the order in which they are put, and the intention of the sentence, are metaphysical.

    But the meaning of every word in every language, except proper pro-nouns like “Mary”, are metaphysical in content because the word represents a complex system of abstractions and concepts, and that content, the definition, must be accurate. How do we acquire this accuracy? We make certain our epistemic principles are also correct, that we don’t think 1+1=3.

    Metaphysics says “what” exists, but not why it is; epistemology says “why” a thing is WHAT it is and WHY it is.

  2. Yeah man I agree with the above guy.

    Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy much like algebra is a branch of mathematics.

    So pretty much; metaphysical terms are, in essence, philosophical terms as well.

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