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Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the essence of things, of the fundamental nature of being and the world and the principles that organize the universe. Metaphysics is supposed to answer the question "What is the nature of reality?"

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There's also the issue of epiphenomena, that is events and behaviors that emerge from the collective action of numerous objects or continuous materials; surface waves on water are the classic example, …
answered May 7 '16 by Dave H.