Metaphysics

[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might
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[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might have said that metaphysics was, like chemistry or astrology, to be defined by its subject matter: metaphysics was the "science" that studied "being as such" or "the first causes of things" or "things that do not change". It is no longer possible to define metaphysics that...

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