philosophy

  • 1 philosophy — (Gk., love of knowledge or wisdom) The study of the most general and abstract features of the world and categories with which we think: mind, matter, reason, proof, truth, etc. In philosophy, the concepts with which we approach the world… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 2 Philosophy — • Detailed article on the history of the love of wisdom Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Philosophy     Philosophy     † …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 3 philosophy —    Philosophy (from the Greek philo (love) and sophia (wisdom)) in British culture has undergone a series of revolutionary changes since 1960. Until recently, English language philosophy was dominated by analytic and linguistic philosophy based… …

    Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture

  • 4 Philosophy — Phi*los o*phy (f[i^]*l[o^]s [ o]*f[y^]), n.; pl. {Philosophies} (f[i^]*l[o^]s [ o]*f[i^]z). [OE. philosophie, F. philosophie, L. philosophia, from Gr. filosofi a. See {Philosopher}.] 1. Literally, the love of, inducing the search after, wisdom;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 philosophy —    Philosophy in the early years of the twentieth century was heavily influenced by two different traditions. On the one hand, there was the legacy of the Europeanizing movement known as Krausism, a kind of secular humanism with a religious tinge …

    Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture

  • 6 philosophy — [fi läs′ə fē] n. pl. philosophies [ME philosophie < OFr < L philosophia < Gr < philosophos: see PHILOSOPHER] 1. Archaic love of, or the search for, wisdom or knowledge 2. theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 philosophy — c.1300, from O.Fr. filosofie (12c.), from L. philosophia, from Gk. philosophia love of knowledge, wisdom, from philo loving (see PHILO (Cf. philo )) + sophia knowledge, wisdom, from sophis wise, learned; of unknown origin. Nec quicquam aliud est… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 philosophy — index doctrine, posture (attitude), principle (axiom), theory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 philosophy — [n] principles, knowledge aesthetics, attitude, axiom, beliefs, conception, convictions, doctrine, idea, ideology, logic, metaphysics, ontology, outlook, rationalism, reason, reasoning, system, tenet, theory, thinking, thought, truth, values,… …

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  • 10 philosophy — ► NOUN (pl. philosophies) 1) the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. 2) the theories of a particular philosopher. 3) a theory or attitude that guides one s behaviour. 4) the study of the theoretical basis of a… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 Philosophy — For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation) …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 philosophy — /fi los euh fee/, n., pl. philosophies. 1. the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. 2. any of the three branches, namely natural philosophy, moral philosophy, and metaphysical philosophy, that are… …

    Universalium

  • 13 PHILOSOPHY — In his article on the Jewish involvement in philosophy in the Dictionnaire des sciences philosophiques, written over a century ago, solomon munk pointed out that the Jewish mission to know God and to make Him known to the world was not basically… …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 14 philosophy — noun 1 study of ideas about the meaning of life ADJECTIVE ▪ ancient, classical, Enlightenment, medieval ▪ contemporary, modern ▪ Buddhist, Chinese …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 philosophy — (falsafa; hikma)    Falsafa is an Arabic neologism for the Greek word philosophia, meaning ‘love of wisdom’. The derivation of this term points to the profound initial influence of Greek thought upon Islamic philosophy, due to the eastern… …

    Islamic philosophy dictionary

  • 16 philosophy — phi|los|o|phy W3 [fıˈlɔsəfi US ˈla: ] n plural philosophies [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: philosophie, from Latin, from Greek, from philosophos philosopher , from phil ( PHILANDER) + sophia knowledge ] 1.) [U] the study of the nature… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 philosophy — [[t]fɪlɒ̱səfi[/t]] ♦♦♦ philosophies 1) N UNCOUNT Philosophy is the study or creation of theories about basic things such as the nature of existence, knowledge, and thought, or about how people should live. He studied philosophy and psychology at… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 philosophy */*/*/ — UK [fɪˈlɒsəfɪ] / US [fɪˈlɑsəfɪ] noun Word forms philosophy : singular philosophy plural philosophies 1) a) [uncountable] the study of theories about the meaning of things such as life, knowledge, and beliefs He studied politics and philosophy. a… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 philosophy — 01. My [philosophy] in life is to have fun, and enjoy myself without doing anything to hurt the people around me. 02. Socrates once said, My advice to you is to get married: if you find a good wife you ll be happy; if not, you ll become a… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 philosophy — phi|los|o|phy [ fı lasəfi ] noun *** 1. ) count a system of beliefs that influences someone s decisions and behavior: the latest philosophies of management The school has a child centred philosophy. a ) count a belief or attitude that someone… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English