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What is Metaphysics?

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What is Metaphysics? offers an exposition, informed primarily by the Islamic metaphysical tradition, of principial and divine knowledge as distinct from information or merely factual knowledge. Advancing an argument in favor of integrating metaphysics at every level of one’s being, the book also delves into various applications of metaphysics pertaining to the domains of religion, education, philosophy, art, ecology, and science.

Published: Jul 1, 2025


Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
What is the Meaning of Metaphysics and What is Its Significance? Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Chapter 2
The Domain of Contingency in Light of Metaphysical Knowledge Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Chapter 3
Some Applications of Metaphysical Principles Seyyed Hossein Nasr


What is Metaphysics? distills the wisdom of one of our time’s most important sages and global philosophers, highlighting with remarkable explanatory clarity both the theoretical and practical dimensions of the Sufi philosophical worldview.
Mukhtar H. Ali, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Cutting across a wide expanse of disciplines such as art, science, religion, and ethics, this book clearly demonstrates why and how metaphysics, seen as the science of the real and the real science, is unique in its ability to offer meaningful solutions to our world’s most pressing issues, from the environmental crisis to the loss of meaning in modern life.
Yousef Casewit, University of Chicago Divinity School