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Word: metaphysical

Definition: pertaining to speculative philosophy; of metaphysics; N. metaphysics: branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality


Sentences Containing 'metaphysical'

(p47) As Ouspensky's reputation is presently degenerated to being a follower of Gurdjieff, rather than a partner (see below), and apex of esotericism, self-knowledge, and metaphysical thought.
Accurate and just reasoning is the only catholic remedy, fitted for all persons and all dispositions; and is alone able to subvert that abstruse philosophy and metaphysical jargon, which, being mixed up with popular superstition, renders it in a manner impenetrable to careless reasoners, and gives it the air of science and wisdom.
And there are several instances in which seventeenth-century poets used the word 'metaphysical' in their work, meaning that Samuel Johnson's description has some foundation in the poetry of the previous century.
As Burrow remarks, in Gardner's anthology 'The all-thinking, all-feeling metaphysical poets were becoming virtually coextensive with seventeenth-century poetry'.
Atheistic existentialism can nevertheless share elements (e.g. anguish or rebellion in light of human finitude and limitations) with religious existentialism, or with metaphysical existentialism (e.g. through phenomenology and Heidegger's works).
But in Burrow's view, the 'metaphysical poets' label still retains much value.
But without entering into the disagreeable discussion of the metaphysical arguments by which they support their very ingenious theory, it will sufficiently appear, from the following review, what are the taxes which fall finally upon the rent of the land, and what are those which fall finally upon some other fund.
By 1910, however most who subscribed to orthogenesis hypothesized some physical rather than metaphysical determinant of orderly change.
By the 1980s many scholars described the 'metaphysical poets' idea as being little more than an attempt by Eliot and his followers to impose a 'high Anglican and royalist literary history' on seventeenth-century English poetry.
Colin Burrow, writing for the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", describes John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, Andrew Marvell, and Richard Crashaw as the 'central figures' of metaphysical poetry.
Comte believed a positivist stage would mark the final era, after conjectural theological and metaphysical phases, in the progression of human understanding.
Generally, his criticism of the poets' style was grounded in his assertion that "Great thoughts are always general," and that the metaphysical poets were too particular in their search for novelty.
George Berkeley in the 18th century developed subjective idealism, a metaphysical theory to respond to these questions, coined famously as "to be is to be perceived".
Given the prevalence of dangers from floods, the Lord was seen as having placed the protection of the Dutch people from inundation, both physical and metaphysical religious terms in the hands of the Princes of Orange.
Greenfield was reluctant to frame his discussion about organizations using the classic metaphysical binaries.
He also felt that mathematics and logic served as a remedy to metaphysical and mystical speculation.
He attended the Massachusetts Metaphysical College's primary class in 1903 and returned for the normal (teachers) class in 1907.
He brought to his study of theology a spirituality of outlook and an aptitude for metaphysical inquiry and exposition which made his writings more attractive.
He was an original member of the Metaphysical Society (1869).
Helen Gardner's "Metaphysical Poets" anthology, published in 1957, contained work by many more writers, including 'proto-metaphysical' poets such as William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Raleigh, and even poems by the Restoration libertine the Earl of Rochester.
Her specialist areas were T. S. Eliot, the metaphysical poets, Milton and religious poetry, with many essays published on these subjects, as well as on literary criticism itself.
Here, therefore, is a proposition, which not only seems, in itself, simple and intelligible; but, if a proper use were made of it, might render every dispute equally intelligible, and banish all that jargon, which has so long taken possession of metaphysical reasonings, and drawn disgrace upon them.
If it is assumed that the structuring of an essence into "determining" and "determinable" metaphysical parts (which corresponding to a differentia and a genus respectively) exists in reality independently of its being conceived, one can apply the notion "differentia" also to the determining metaphysical part itself, and not just to the concept that expresses it.
In 1921, Herbert Grierson published "Metaphysical Lyrics and Poems of the Seventeenth Century", which collected poems by Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Marvell, and Carew.
In 1934, she purchased the local newspaper, the "San Juan Record", made herself editor, and added a column in which she promoted her metaphysical ideas.
In fact Cuvier, influenced by the ideas of the Enlightenment and the intellectual climate of the French revolution, avoided religious or metaphysical speculation in his scientific writings.
In the chapter on Abraham Cowley in his "Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets" (1779–81), Samuel Johnson refers to the beginning of the seventeenth century in which there "appeared a race of writers that may be termed the metaphysical poets".
In traditional Huichol ranchos, the nieli'ka or nierika is an important ritual artifact. Negrín states that one of the principal meanings of nierika is that of “a metaphysical vision, an aspect of a god or a collective ancestor."
It is published twice a year, on Beltane and Samhain, and covers a wide range of metaphysical, occult, and magical topics.
It is that part of a definition which is predicable in a given genus only of the definiendum; or the corresponding "metaphysical part" of the object. Origin of the notion.
It requires no nice discernment or metaphysical head to mark the distinction between them.
Master Order and Lord Chaos next conspired with other metaphysical and "omnipotent" beings against the Beyonder.
Master Order and Lord Chaos participated in the congress of metaphysical and abstract beings to determine Thanos's fitness to wield the Infinity Gauntlet.
Montgomerie's poetry, much of which examines themes of love, includes autobiographical sonnets and foreshadows the later metaphysical poets in England.
Nina Petrovna Valetova (), or Nina Tokhtaman Valetova (), born November 19, 1958, is a Russian-American metaphysical realism painter.
One of the primary Platonic concepts found in metaphysical poetry is the idea that the perfection of beauty in the beloved acted as a remembrance of perfect beauty in the eternal realm.
Several metaphysical poets, especially John Donne, were influenced by Neo-Platonism.
She edited "The New Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1950" (1972) and "The Metaphysical Poets".
Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.
Since alchemy eventually became engrained in the vast field of Indian erudition, influences from other metaphysical and philosophical doctrines such as Samkhya, Yog, Vaisheshik and Ayurved were inevitable.
The chief obstacle, therefore, to our improvement in the moral or metaphysical sciences is the obscurity of the ideas, and ambiguity of the terms.
The dialogues between Settembrini and Naphta discuss the theme of life and death from a metaphysical perspective.
The following poets have also been sometimes considered metaphysical poets:
The metaphysical poets is a term coined by the poet and critic Samuel Johnson to describe a loose group of English lyric poets of the 17th century, whose work was characterized by the inventive use of conceits, and by speculation about topics such as love or religion.
The most perfect philosophy of the natural kind only staves off our ignorance a little longer: as perhaps the most perfect philosophy of the moral or metaphysical kind serves only to discover larger portions of it.
The term atheistic existentialism refers to the exclusion of any transcendental, metaphysical, or religious beliefs from philosophical existentialist thought.
These preconceptions embody both hidden assumptions and elements that he describes as quasi-metaphysical; the interpretations of the paradigm may vary among individual scientists.
They rejected classical liberal notions like individual rights, natural law and constitutionalism as 'metaphysical' and disruptive to social and political evolution.
This means that traditional metaphysical and epistemological concerns of the philosophy of mathematics are misplaced.
Unlike Farmer's previous videos, this one is very simple and deals with a story in which everyone can find a moral and metaphysical duality between Good and Evil, God and the Devil.

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