The Pursuit of More
Metaphysics is devoted to understanding the fundamental nature of all things, often reaching abstractness to analyze the possibilities of existence outside objective experience. The philosophers of the Renaissance drew heavily on Aristotle’s Metaphysics, which asked fundamental questions such as “What is existence?” and “How can the world be understood?” Some theorists ventured to material and empirical sciences to answer these questions, while others preferred more occult methods. Popular metaphysical texts in the West included editions of Aristotle and, later, works that combine metaphysics with cosmology, mathematics, and sometimes pseudosciences. By the mid- to late twentieth century, eclectic students of the esoteric had more access to metaphysical books and materials.