Definitions for philosophyfɪˈlɒs ə fi
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
phi•los•o•phyfɪˈlɒs ə fi(n.)(pl.)-phies.
the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.
a system of philosophical doctrine:
the philosophy of Spinoza.
the critical study of the basic principles and concepts of a particular branch of knowledge:
the philosophy of science.
a system of principles for guidance in practical affairs:
a philosophy of life.
a calm or philosophical attitude.
Origin of philosophy:
1250–1300; ME philosophie < L philosophia < Gk philosophía
doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism(noun)
a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation
"self-indulgence was his only philosophy"; "my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
philosophy(noun)ɪˈlɒs ə fi
the study of important basic ideas such as existence, truth, and freedom
a professor of philosophy; Native American philosophies
philosophyɪˈlɒs ə fi
sb's way of thinking
his philosophy about making money; Our philosophies of life are very similar.
(originally) The love of wisdom
An academic discipline that seeks truth through reasoning rather than empiricism
A comprehensive system of belief.
A view or outlook regarding fundamental principles underlying some domain.
A general principle (usually moral).
A broader branch of (non-applied) science
literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws
a particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained
practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy
the course of sciences read in the schools
a treatise on philosophy
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. In more casual speech, by extension, "philosophy" can refer to "the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group". The word "philosophy" comes from the Ancient Greek φιλοσοφία, which literally means "love of wisdom". The introduction of the terms "philosopher" and "philosophy" has been ascribed to the Greek thinker Pythagoras. A "philosopher" was understood as a word which contrasted with "sophist". Traveling sophists or "wise men" were important in Classical Greece, often earning money as teachers, whereas philosophers are "lovers of wisdom" and were therefore not in it primarily for the money.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the science of sciences or of things in general, properly an attempt to find the absolute in the contingent, the immutable in the mutable, the universal in the particular, the eternal in the temporal, the real in the phenomenal, the ideal in the real, or in other words, to discover "the single principle that," as Dr. Stirling says, "possesses within itself the capability of transition into all existent variety and varieties," which it presupposes can be done not by induction from the transient, but by deduction from the permanent as that spiritually reveals itself in the creating mind, so that a Philosopher is a man who has, as Carlyle says, quoting Goethe, "stationed himself in the middle (between the outer and the inner, the upper and the lower), to whom the Highest has descended and the Lowest mounted up, who is the equal and kindly brother of all." "Philosophy dwells aloft in the Temple of Science, the divinity of the inmost shrine; her dictates descend among men, but she herself descends not; whoso would behold her must climb with long and laborious effort; may still linger in the forecourt till manifold trial have proved him worthy of admission into the interior solemnities." Indeed philosophy is more than science (q. v.); it is a divine wisdom instilled into and inspiring a thinker's life. See Thinker, The.
The Roycroft Dictionary
Our highest conception of life, its duties and its destinies.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A love or pursuit of wisdom. A search for the underlying causes and principles of reality. (Webster, 3d ed)
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Something that enables the rich to say there is no disgrace in being poor.
Translations for philosophy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the search for knowledge and truth, especially about the nature of man and his behaviour and beliefs
- filosofiaPortuguese (BR)
- die PhilosophieGerman
- 哲學Chinese (Trad.)
- triết lýVietnamese
- 哲学Chinese (Simp.)
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