"Metaphysics provides a general overview of fundamental aspects of existence; it offers a broad story about the universe and our place in it. Metaphysics provides a narrative about the origin of the cosmos (cosmology) and what it means to exist or ‘be’ (ontology). How we answer these questions is closely related to how we treat other life (ethics) — what we hope for ourselves and how we understand our actions toward others."

–Brianne Donaldson, Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matters for Animal and Planetary Liberation (2015)