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philosophy meaning

EN[fɪˈlɒsəfi]
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  • Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language.
  • As a method, philosophy is often distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its questioning, critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.
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    Definition of philosophy in English Dictionary

  • NounPLphilosophiesPREphilo-SUF-sophy
    1. NU (originally) The love of wisdom.
      1. NU An academic discipline that seeks truth through reasoning rather than empiricism.
        1. Philosophy is often divided into five major branches: logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics. ‎
      2. NC A comprehensive system of belief.
        1. NC A view or outlook regarding fundamental principles underlying some domain.
          1. a philosophy of government;   a philosophy of education ‎
        2. NC A general principle (usually moral).
          1. (archaic) A broader branch of (non-applied) science.
            1. (French printing, dated) Alternative term for small pica.
            2. VerbSGphilosophiesPRphilosophyingPT, PPphilosophied
              1. (now rare) To philosophize.
              2. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • Rosenbaum does an admirable job of characterizing the philosophy behind the Usonian and its particular place in time.
                  • Platonic philosophy was a natural ally for early Christianity because of its “sheer sense of wonder at the engifted gracious possibilities within which we live and move and have our being."
                  • The manifestation of such philosophy seemed to wax and wane, being the most common one time, but virtually without followers at another, apparently disappearing.
                2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                  • Philosophy interested him, and I found my own education improving with Socrates' as he led me deeper and deeper into mazes of idealism, epistemology and sublineation.
                3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                  • Is it possible to banish the highheartedness of magnanimity from political life without at the same time banishing the highheartedness that is the condition for philosophy?
                  • Her latest paper readdresses some old problems in philosophy.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Nouns
                  • Countable nouns
                    • Singularia tantum
                      • Uncountable nouns
                    • Verbs
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                    1. en philosophying
                    2. en philosophy of mind
                    3. en philosophy of science
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