Definitions for philosophaster
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word philosophaster
a pretender to philosophy; a petty or charlatan philosopher.
Origin: philosophaster, from philosophus, and -aster
a pretender to philosophy
Origin: [L., a bad philosopher, fr. philosophus: cf. OF. philosophastre.]
Philosophaster is a Latin satirical comedy by Robert Burton. He began writing the play in 1606 and completed it by 1615. It was performed by students in the Hall of Christ Church, Oxford on 16 February 1618. The play was not published in Burton's life-time and it remained in manuscript till 1862 when it was edited by William Edward Buckley and published by the Roxburghe Club. It was first translated into English by Paul Jordan-Smith and published by Stanford University Press, California in 1931. Since the play is about someone who pretends to be a philosopher, the term itself has been used in more recent times to refer to a pretender to philosophy.
Find a translation for the philosophaster definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these philosophaster definitions with the community:
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"philosophaster." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 24 May 2015. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/philosophaster>.