Well hello everyone. 😀 Your sage, the Blue Alchemist, is here now. This volume is here for me to describe and explain myself, as well as to let you know why you may want to sit and listen to this humble sage.
Who am I
Well, first I must say that this compendium is written under my pen-name and pseudonym for pseudonymity. 👤
I mentioned that I consider myself a Metaphysicist, a Social Democrat, a Utilitarian Technocrat and a Lavender Green. I apologize to the Green Party of the United States for using the name of one of your caucuses to describe myself. Now let me first explain what Metaphysics is.
metaphysics (countable and uncountable, plural metaphysics)
1. (philosophy, uncountable) The branch of philosophywhich studies fundamental principles intended to describe or explain all that is, and which are not themselves explained by anything more fundamental; the study of first principles; the study of being insofar as it is being (ens in quantum ens).Philosophers sometimes say that Metaphysics is the study of the ultimate nature of the universe.
2. (philosophy, countable) The view or theory of a particular philosopher or school of thinkers concerning the first principles which describe or explain all that is.The metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas holds that all real beings have both essence and existence.In Aristotelian metaphysics physical objects have both form and matter.In his Pensées, Pascal mentioned some first principles recognized within his metaphysics: space, time, motion, and number.
4. (uncountable) The study of a supersensual realm or of phenomena which transcend the physical world.I have a collection of books on metaphysics, covering astral projection, reincarnation, and communication with spirits.
Definition of Metaphysics on Wiktionary
Now there are a 3rd and 5th definition but they are not pertinent to my use. For my purposes I am specifically speaking of the 1st, 2nd and 4th definitions. And here is a more in-depth definition.
Metaphysics is a traditional branch ofphilosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the worldthat encompasses it, although the term is not easily defined. Traditionally, metaphysics attempts to answer two basic questions in the broadest possible terms:
What is ultimately there?What is it like?
A person who studies metaphysics is called ametaphysicist or a metaphysician. The metaphysician attempts to clarify the fundamental notions by which people understand the world, e.g., existence, objectsand their properties, space and time, cause and effect, and possibility. A central branch of metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into the basic categories of being and how they relate to each other. Another central branch of metaphysics is cosmology, the study of the origin, fundamental structure, nature, and dynamics of the universe. Some include Epistemology as another central focus of metaphysics, but this can be questioned.
Prior to the modern history of science, scientific questions were addressed as a part of metaphysics known as natural philosophy. Originally, the term “science” (Latin scientia) simply meant “knowledge”. The scientific method, however, transformed natural philosophy into an empirical activity deriving from experiment unlike the rest of philosophy. By the end of the 18th century, it had begun to be called “science” to distinguish it from philosophy. Thereafter, metaphysics denoted philosophical enquiry of a non-empirical character into the nature of existence. Some philosophers of science, such as the neo-positivists, say that natural science rejects the study of metaphysics, while other philosophers of science strongly disagree.