Moby-Dick: Metaphysical


  1. concepts above and beyond physical reality, such as God, the absolute, mind, matter

The word metaphysical appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 5 > Sentence 6:

Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 9 > Sentence 6:

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.

Concordance for the word metaphysical from Moby-Dick.

Herman Melville
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