Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it, although the term is not easily defined. Traditionally, metaphysics attempts to answer two basic questions in the broadest possible terms: Ultimately, what is there?What is it like? Prior to the modern history of science, scientific questions were addressed as a part of metaphysics known as natural philosophy. Originally, the term "science" (Latin scientia) simply meant "knowledge". The scientific method, however, transformed natural philosophy into an empirical activity deriving from experiment unlike the rest of philosophy. Etymology However, once the name was given, the commentators sought to find intrinsic reasons for its appropriateness. Central questions Cosmology and cosmogony Metaphysical Cosmology is the branch of metaphysics that deals with the world as the totality of all phenomena in space and time.  
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