The author focuses on uses (and meanings) of the term 'metaphysics' that are inherent in the philosophical tradition but are different from or opposed to the most common (classical) treatment of metaphysics as a domain of objective knowledge, as 'science of being qua being'. Such uses are found in 'late' dialogs of Plato, in Descartes' 'first philosophy', in Kant's critical metaphysics and its phenomenological continuation in Husserl and in Heidegger's introduction of timeliness and historicity into fundamental structures of Being.
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