Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct, but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.1893 Appearance and Reality, preface.
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to thinkclearly.william james
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.f. h. bradley
Metaphysics — what Metaphysics do those trees have?patrick swift
Metaphysics has as the proper object of its enquiries three ideas only: God, freedom, and immortality.Immanuel Kant
Metaphysics may be, after all, only the art of being sure of something that is not so, and logic only the art of going wrong with confidence.Joseph Wood Krutch (1929), The Modern Temper
And Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk encumbered with his hood, Explaining Metaphysics to the nation I wished he would explain his explanation.Rochdale
The late philosopher Morris R. Cohen of CCNY was asked by a student in the Metaphysics course, “Professor Cohen, how do I know that I exist?” The keen old prof replied, “And who is asking?”Saul Bellow
While the easiest way in Metaphysics is to condemn all Metaphysics as nonsense, the easiest way in morals is to elevate the common practice of the community into a moral absolute.daniel j. boorstin
Madame de Staël thought it was pride in mankind to endeavour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher Metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all."anne louise germaine de staël
It's so hard to believe in anything anymore. I mean, it's like, religion, you really can't take it seriously, because it seems so mythological, it seems so arbitrary...but, on the other hand, science is just pure empiricism, and by virtue of its method, it excludes Metaphysics. I guess I wouldn't believe in anything any more if it weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.steve martin
I think Metaphysics is good if it improves everyday life; otherwise forget it.Ch. 20 (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974))
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose Metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.ptolemy
A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of Metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality.william winwood reade
The mathematical framework of quantum theory has passed countless successful tests and is now universally accepted as a consistent and accurate description of all atomic phenomena. The verbal interpretation, on the other hand – i.e., the Metaphysics of quantum theory – is on far less solid ground. In fact, in more than forty years physicists have not been able to provide a clear metaphysical model.fritjof capra
And Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk encumber'd with his hood, Explaining Metaphysics to the nation – I wish he would explain his Explanation.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Second, and far more serious, are particular examples of a sophistry and sleight of hand in the misuse of metaphor, and more importantly a distortion of Metaphysics in support of an evolutionary programme.simon conway morris
The way towards ' wisdom ' or towards ' freedom ' is the way towards your inner being. This is the simplest definition of Metaphysics .mircea eliade
The moral truth here is obvious: anyone who feels that the interests of a blastocyst just might supersede the interests of a child with a spinal cord injury has had his moral sense blinded by religious Metaphysics.sam harris
In the metaphysical elements of aesthetics the various nonmoral feelings are to be made use of; in the elements of moral Metaphysics the various moral feelings of men, according to the differences in sex, age, education, and government, of races and climates, are to be employed.Immanuel Kant
It has never been in my power to study anything, mathematics, ethics, Metaphysics, gravitation, thermodynamics, optics, chemistry, comparative anatomy, astronomy, psychology, phonetics, economics, the history of science, whist, men and women, wine, metrology, except as a study of semeiotic .charles sanders peirce
Many agnostics (including myself) are quite as doubtful of the body as they are of the soul, but this is a long story taking one into difficult Metaphysics. Mind and matter alike, I should say, are only convenient symbol in discourse, not actually existing things.bertrand russell
A more detailed, but still uncontroversial comprehensive, definition is that philosophy is rationally critical thinking, of a more or less systematic kind about the general nature of the world (Metaphysics or theory of existence), the justification of belief (epistemology or theory of knowledge), and the conduct of life (ethics or theory of value). Each of these three elements...Anthony Quinton (born 1925) in: Ted Honderich ed. (1995) The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press
Now these two questions Does there exist a material reality distinct from sensible appearances? and What is the nature of reality? do not have their source in experimental method, which is acquainted only with sensible appearances and can discover nothing beyond them. The resolution of these questions transcends the methods used by physics; it is the object of Metaphysics. Therefore, if the aim of physical theories is to explain experimental laws, theoretical physics is not an autonomous science; it is subordinate to Metaphysics.pierre duhem
God is growth, God is structure/knowledge, God is everything and nothing simultaneously. And, rather heretically for the Abrahamic religions, to perceive i.e. to cognate i.e. to be of matter i.e. to be structured energy generating a gravimetric field is an aspect of God relating to another aspect of God through light, which is of course God. In this, the underlying Metaphysics are most definitely Pandeist.Niall Douglas, Freeing Growth - A Neo-Capitalist Manifesto, 2009, page 8.
I was thrown out of college for cheating on the Metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy.woody allen
Ptolemy... against the champions of this or that cosmology of the heavens... had dared to claim that it is legitimate to interpret the facts of astronomy by the simplest geometrical scheme which will 'save the phenomena,' no matter whose Metaphysics might be upset. His conception of the physical structure of the earth, however, prevented him from carrying through in earnest this principle of relativity, as his objections to the hypothesis that the earth moves amply show.Edwin Arthur Burtt, The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1924)
Madame de Staël thought it was pride in man to endevour to penetrate the secret of the universe; and speaking of the higher Metaphysics she said: "I prefer the Lord's Prayer to it all."Anne Louise Germaine de Staël, in Albertine-Adrienne Necker de Saussure, Sketch of the Life, Character and Writings of Baroness de Staël-Holstein (1820), p. 329
Hinduism has produced the profoundest Metaphysics that we know of.Count Hermann Keyserling, The Huston Smith Reader.
Religion is the only Metaphysics that the multitude can understand and adopt.Joseph Joubert, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 504.