Excerpt from Metaphysics
If, however, we turn from the inspiring title to the writ ings themselves, illusions about the supernatural character of metaphysics tend to disappear. There is, so we are told by the Stagirite, a science which investigates exist ence as existence and... whatever belongs to existence as such. It is identical with none of the sciences which are defined less generally. For none of these professedly considers existence as existence, but each, restricting itself to some aspect of it, investigates the general aspect only incidentally, as do the mathematical sciences. The em phasis is thus put by Aristotle on fact and on nature, but it is put on fact and nature as we attempt to View them with at once the least and with the greatest restriction: with the least restriction, because we are invited to view nature in the light of her most comprehensive characters; with the greatest restriction, because we are invited to view her stripped of her wonderful diversity.
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