noun, plural phi·los·o·phies.
- philosophical analysis,
- philosophical anthropology,
- philosophical logic,
- philosophy of life,
Origin of philosophy
Examples from the Web for philosophies
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against Itby Jennifer Michael Hecht.
Instead they are men, real men, with philosophies, dreams, humor, and deep sadness.Finding God Behind Bars: A Look at Religion in American Prisons|Joshua DuBois|August 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In fact, their philosophies mean that there will be war of words between the two.‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3: Julian Fellowes, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and More|Jace Lacob|January 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These two philosophies are fracturing organizations at the top of the atheist activism food chain.
We were children of the middle class, have the same values and philosophies.
Gard thought he saw some of his own philosophies in caricature.The Debatable Land|Arthur Colton
All philosophies and all religions—what are they but spiritual Tubes bored through the universe!Crome Yellow|Aldous Huxley
Neither arts and sciences nor politics and philosophies will save the soul.Unicorns|James Huneker
In all the philosophies of the world there are undoubtedly contradictions and absurdities.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Try though I might, I never could achieve the perfection of this man's contempt for all other philosophies.A Far Country, Complete|Winston Churchill
noun plural -phies
Word Origin for philosophy
c.1300, "knowledge, body of knowledge," from Old French filosofie "philosophy, knowledge" (12c., Modern French philosophie) and directly from Latin philosophia and from Greek philosophia "love of knowledge, pursuit of wisdom; systematic investigation," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + sophia "knowledge, wisdom," from sophis "wise, learned;" of unknown origin.
Nec quicquam aliud est philosophia, si interpretari velis, praeter studium sapientiae; sapientia autem est rerum divinarum et humanarum causarumque quibus eae res continentur scientia. [Cicero, "De Officiis"]
[Philosophical problems] are, of course, not empirical problems; but they are solved through an insight into the workings of our language, and that in such a way that these workings are recognized -- despite an urge to misunderstand them. The problems are solved, not through the contribution of new knowledge, rather through the arrangement of things long familiar. Philosophy is a struggle against the bewitchment (Verhexung) of our understanding by the resources of our language. [Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Philosophical Investigations," 1953]
Meaning "system a person forms for conduct of life" is attested from 1771.
A study that attempts to discover the fundamental principles of the sciences, the arts, and the world that the sciences and arts deal with; the word philosophy is from the Greek for “love of wisdom.” Philosophy has many branches that explore principles of specific areas, such as knowledge (epistemology), reasoning (logic), being in general (metaphysics), beauty (aesthetics), and human conduct (ethics).