Definition of "philosophy" []

  • Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline. (noun)
  • Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods. (noun)
  • A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry: the philosophy of Hume. (noun)
  • The critical analysis of fundamental assumptions or beliefs. (noun)
  • The disciplines presented in university curriculums of science and the liberal arts, except medicine, law, and theology. (noun)
  • The academic discipline concerned with making explicit the nature and significance of ordinary and scientific beliefs and investigating the intelligibility of concepts by means of rational argument concerning their presuppositions, implications, and interrelationships; in particular, the rational investigation of the nature and structure of reality (metaphysics), the resources and limits of knowledge (epistemology), the principles and import of moral judgment (ethics), and the relationship between language and reality (semantics) (noun)

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  • The particular doctrines relating to these issues of some specific individual or school (noun)
  • The critical study of the basic principles and concepts of a discipline (noun)
  • The investigation of natural phenomena, esp alchemy, astrology, and astronomy (noun)
  • Any system of belief, values, or tenets (noun)
  • A personal outlook or viewpoint (noun)
  • Serenity of temper (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "philosophy" in a sentence
  • "The story does not introduce any of the special vocabulary of philosophy (not even the word ˜philosophy™ itself makes an appearance)."
  • "In a word, the philosophy which Neoplatonism represents, whose final interest is the religious, and whose highest object is the super-rational, must be a _philosophy of revelation_."
  • "_religion_, in the general acceptation of the term (philosophy of religion); and, thirdly, _philosophy_ itself, as the purest and most perfect form of the scientific knowledge of truth."