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Source: p. (Between 21 and 90, but c Can't remember; I'll update the page # the next time I visit the library),   The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2013 1 ed.). p. (between 21 and 90, but I can't remember).

One of the most significant influences in this regard was the third- century philosopher Plotinus (pronounced plo-TYNE-us), who elaborated on several of Plato's ideas concerning metaphysics, or [1.] theories of the connections between what we see and what we can't see. His work expanding on the [2.] "ladder rungs" or levels [End of 2.] that lead from physical human experience to the realm of the pure soul was particularly influential for Christian and other religious doctrines.

DEFINITION

[3.] Metaphysics describes the kind of philosophy that investigates "first principles" or the truths that must underlie existence. [End of 3.]

I accept 3 as a correct definition of metaphysics, but not 1. The author isn't a philosopher, but has a BA, MA, and PhD in English; soEnglish.

I thought to check with you philosophersaccept 3 as a correct definition of metaphysics, but not 1.

  1. Doesn’t 3 differ from 2?

  2. How exactly is metaphysics related to 2 ('ladder rungs or levels’)?

    Doesn’t 3 differ from 2? How exactly is 3 related to 2 ('ladder rungs or levels’)?

Source: p. (Between 21 and 90, but c Can't remember; I'll update the page # the next time I visit the library), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2013 1 ed.)

One of the most significant influences in this regard was the third- century philosopher Plotinus (pronounced plo-TYNE-us), who elaborated on several of Plato's ideas concerning metaphysics, or [1.] theories of the connections between what we see and what we can't see. His work expanding on the [2.] "ladder rungs" or levels [End of 2.] that lead from physical human experience to the realm of the pure soul was particularly influential for Christian and other religious doctrines.

DEFINITION

[3.] Metaphysics describes the kind of philosophy that investigates "first principles" or the truths that must underlie existence. [End of 3.]

I accept 3 as a correct definition of metaphysics, but not 1. The author isn't a philosopher, but has a BA, MA, and PhD in English; so I thought to check with you philosophers.

  1. Doesn’t 3 differ from 2?

  2. How exactly is metaphysics related to 2 ('ladder rungs or levels’)?

Source:   The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2013 1 ed). p. (between 21 and 90, but I can't remember).

One of the most significant influences in this regard was the third- century philosopher Plotinus (pronounced plo-TYNE-us), who elaborated on several of Plato's ideas concerning metaphysics, or [1.] theories of the connections between what we see and what we can't see. His work expanding on the [2.] "ladder rungs" or levels [End of 2.] that lead from physical human experience to the realm of the pure soul was particularly influential for Christian and other religious doctrines.

DEFINITION

[3.] Metaphysics describes the kind of philosophy that investigates "first principles" or the truths that must underlie existence. [End of 3.]

The author isn't a philosopher, but has a BA, MA, and PhD in English.

I accept 3 as a correct definition of metaphysics, but not 1.

  1. Doesn’t 3 differ from 2? How exactly is 3 related to 2 ('ladder rungs or levels’)?
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How is 'metaphysics' 'theories of the connections between what we see and what we can't see' and connected with 'ladder rungs'?

Source: p. (Between 21 and 90, but c Can't remember; I'll update the page # the next time I visit the library), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (2013 1 ed.)

One of the most significant influences in this regard was the third- century philosopher Plotinus (pronounced plo-TYNE-us), who elaborated on several of Plato's ideas concerning metaphysics, or [1.] theories of the connections between what we see and what we can't see. His work expanding on the [2.] "ladder rungs" or levels [End of 2.] that lead from physical human experience to the realm of the pure soul was particularly influential for Christian and other religious doctrines.

DEFINITION

[3.] Metaphysics describes the kind of philosophy that investigates "first principles" or the truths that must underlie existence. [End of 3.]

I accept 3 as a correct definition of metaphysics, but not 1. The author isn't a philosopher, but has a BA, MA, and PhD in English; so I thought to check with you philosophers.

  1. Doesn’t 3 differ from 2?

  2. How exactly is metaphysics related to 2 ('ladder rungs or levels’)?