What does philosophy mean?

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fɪˈlɒs ə fiphi·los·o·phy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctrine, philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ismnoun

    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

  2. philosophynoun

    the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics

  3. philosophynoun

    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"


  1. philosophynoun

    (originally) The love of wisdom

  2. philosophynoun

    An academic discipline that seeks truth through reasoning rather than empiricism

  3. philosophynoun

    A comprehensive system of belief.

  4. philosophynoun

    A view or outlook regarding fundamental principles underlying some domain.

  5. philosophynoun

    A general principle (usually moral).

  6. philosophynoun

    A broader branch of (non-applied) science

  7. philosophyverb

    To philosophize.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: philosophie, Fr. philosophia, Latin.

    I had never read, heard nor seen any thing, I had never any taste of philosophy nor inward feeling in myself, which for a while I did not call to my succour. Philip Sidney.

    Hang up philosophy;
    Unless philosophy can make a Juliet,
    Displant a town, reverse a prince’s doom,
    It helps not. William Shakespeare.

    The progress you have made in philosophy, hath enabled you to benefit yourself with what I have written. Digby.

    We shall in vain interpret their words by the notions of our philosophy, and the doctrines in our schools. John Locke.

    Of good and evil much they argu’d then
    Vain wisdom all and false philosophy. John Milton.

    His decisions are the judgment of his passions and not of his reason, the philosophy of the sinner and not of the man. John Rogers, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Philosophynoun

    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

  2. Philosophynoun

    a particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained

  3. Philosophynoun

    practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy

  4. Philosophynoun

    reasoning; argumentation

  5. Philosophynoun

    the course of sciences read in the schools

  6. Philosophynoun

    a treatise on philosophy

  7. Etymology: [OE. philosophie, F. philosophie, L. philosophia, from Gr. filosofi`a. See Philosopher.]


  1. 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

  1. Philosophy

    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

  1. philosophy

    Our highest conception of life, its duties and its destinies.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Philosophy

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. philosophy

    Is the science and study of creation, language, thought, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, soul, spiritual being, ethics, wisdom and metaphysics.

    Philosophy is amazing to study and with the internet it has speed up our knowledge and information to contribute to the evolution of humanity

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'philosophy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2887

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    Rank popularity for the word 'philosophy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3792

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    Rank popularity for the word 'philosophy' in Nouns Frequency: #1183

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of philosophy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of philosophy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of philosophy in a Sentence

  1. Chris Rufo:

    Critical race theory is an ideology that is almost entirely subsidized by taxpayers, the theories were developed in publicly-financed and publicly-subsidized universities, and now they are being installed as ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ departments in every government agency in the nation. It is not an organic philosophy.It'san elite-driven, parasitic ideology whose host is the state.

  2. Paul Graham:

    It can be interesting to study ancient philosophy, but more as a kind of accident report than to teach you anything useful.

  3. Craig Lawrence:

    The word ‘Advent’ can describe a notable person, so I think it is just a creative expression on the magazine's behalf, i think the magazine is just trying to be different, and with that philosophy, coupled with the right to exercise freedom of speech, I don't think there needs to be any change.

  4. Ken Merchant:

    This new philosophy will allow us to set an aggressive target for ourselves. Pilots will be better able to see an enemy or air-to-air asset coming their way.

  5. North Dakota:

    The distinction's pretty clear. I know Stephen Moore. I know Stephen Moore philosophy, I know Stephen Moore economic positions, I know Stephen Moore credentials, I know Stephen Moore heart, and I think Stephen Moore'd be a good addition to the Fed.

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