A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of
Corporations are neither physical nor metaphysical phenomena. They are
socioeconomic ploys- legally enacted game-playing- agreed upon only
between overwhelmingly powerful socioeconomic individuals and by them
imposed upon human society and its all unwitting members.
History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past. How
we tell these stories- triumphantly or self-critically, metaphysically
or dialectally- has a lot to do with whether we cut short or advance our
evolution as human beings.
-Grace Lee Boggs
Humanists hold that ethical values are relative to human experience and
need not be derived from theological or metaphysical foundations.
I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I
looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental
construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms.
It is an indoor philosophy.
It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all
things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things
superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the
soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever
follows function. This is the law.
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 anymore if it
weren't for my lucky astrology mood watch.
Metaphysics is a restaurant where they give you a thirty-thousand page
menu and no food.
Metaphysics is almost always an attempt to prove the incredible by an
appeal to the unintelligible.
My studies in Speculative philosophy, metaphysics, and science are all
summed up in the image of a mouse called man running in and out of every
hole in the Cosmos hunting for the Absolute Cheese.
One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for
Religion merges into mysticism and metaphysics and philosophy. There
have been great mystics, attractive figures, who cannot easily be
disposed of as self-deluded fools. Yet, mysticism (in the narrow sense
of the word) irritates me; it appears to be vague and soft and flabby,
not a rigorous discipline of the mind but a surrender of mental
faculties and living in a sea of emotional experience. The experience
may lead occasionally to some insight into inner and less obvious
processes, but it is also likely to lead to self-delusion.
The great question in life is the suffering we cause, and the most
ingenious metaphysics do not justify the man who has broken the heart
that loved him.
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.
The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any
metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual,
real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities,
as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean
contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.
The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers- just as
the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians- by right of
birth. Nothing is more natural, therefore, than to perceive them
applying their audacious ingenuity to the science of gunnery.
We live in a time of twin credulities: the hunger for the miraculous
combined with a servile awe of science. The mating of the two gives us
superstition plus scientism- a Mongoloid metaphysic.
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