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metaphysical
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
relating to metaphysics (the philosophical study of being and knowing)

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relating to beliefs not proven with the scientific method

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without material form or substance

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highly abstract and overly theoretical
  • Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (6% in)
  • Well, then, however the old sea-captains may order me about—however they may thump and punch me about, I have the satisfaction of knowing that it is all right; that everybody else is one way or other served in much the same way—either in a physical or metaphysical point of view, that is; and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other's shoulder-blades, and be content.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (16% in)
  • So strongly and metaphysically did I conceive of my situation then, that while earnestly watching his motions, I seemed distinctly to perceive that my own individuality was now merged in a joint stock company of two; that my free will had received a mortal wound; and that another's mistake or misfortune might plunge innocent me into unmerited disaster and death.
    Chapters 70-72 -- The Sphynx; The Jeroboam's Story; The Monkey-Rope (76% in)

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