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metaphysical

1. relating to or concerned with metaphysics
2. (of a statement or theory) having the form of an empirical hypothesis, but in fact immune from empirical testing and therefore (in the view of the logical positivists) literally meaningless

Metaphysical

denoting or relating to certain 17th-century poets who combined intense feeling with ingenious thought and often used elaborate imagery and conceits. Notable among them were Donne, Herbert, and Marvell
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McKibben's thesis that any human invention, even an environmentally sound one, is metaphysically undesirable left me wondering what medicines he would permit his wife to have were she dying.
For it seems natural, at least to many, to treat the modal dimension metaphysically differently to the temporal dimension.
Such Thomist philosophy is of course metaphysically complex, but attempting to put it in a simplistic way, a 5-year-old kindergartner knows nothing but the joy of life and the innocence of discovery: He is filled with good.
Walker is an artist who has always lived life metaphysically minded.
Heisenfelt is a gifted author of metaphysically flavored fiction.
Among the subjects addressed are the compatibility of naturalism with critiques of essentialism and dualism in the philosophy of Deleuze, the relations between sexual selection and the origins of art practices as revealed by Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the refrain, the concept of literature in Deleuze and its opposition to binary definitions of culture/nature, the relationship between the axiological and metaphysically antihumanist commitments of Deep Ecology, and Guattari's borrowing from theoretical biology's understandings of cybernetic systems and cognitive biology.
Standing before waves, I always hoped there was a God, but metaphysically these days, I look to my cats for comforts, for any intimation of what was first, what came next.
Kant's Physical monadology (1756) and Boscovich's Theory of natural philosophy (1758) attempt to do so: the "atoms" of their system are in each macroscopic body finite in number, and have no metaphysically distinguishable parts, not even potentially.
Justifiably considered to be the quintessential work on "facilitated behavior" brought about by unconscious muscle movements that gave rise to severe misunderstandings of such commonplace metaphysical phenomena and activities as the Ouija boards, mind-reading, divining rods, and automatic writing, Nonconscious Movements is a welcome contribution to the psychology underlying the processes of all manner of so-called spiritually facilitated or metaphysically enhanced communications.
From medieval cathedrals, in which the word of God was metaphysically illuminated and disseminated through stained glass, to the glass train sheds and gallerias of the industrious Victorian era, the quest for literal transparency has been crucially underscored by the technical development of glass.
In this response, I first note that Professor Kraynak creates considerable confusion about the extension of the term Kantianism because he uses it both metaphysically and ethically.
The Russia to which Solzhenitsyn returned in 1993 was a very different place, metaphysically almost beyond recognition.