noun, plural phi·los·o·phies.
Origin of philosophy
Related Words for philosophiessystem, thought, outlook, theory, viewpoint, thinking, idea, wisdom, ideology, attitude, truth, doctrine, logic, tenet, reasoning, view, conception, axiom, reason, values
Examples from the Web for philosophies
Contemporary Examples of philosophies
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against Itby Jennifer Michael Hecht.This Week’s Hot Reads: Nov. 18, 2013
November 18, 2013
Instead they are men, real men, with philosophies, dreams, humor, and deep sadness.Finding God Behind Bars: A Look at Religion in American Prisons
August 25, 2013
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
January 4, 2013
These two philosophies are fracturing organizations at the top of the atheist activism food chain.The Atheist Recruiting Machine
November 3, 2009
We were children of the middle class, have the same values and philosophies.Hillary's Secret Weapon
June 12, 2009
Historical Examples of philosophies
The philosophies of Epicurus or Hume give no adequate or dignified conception of the mind.Theaetetus
The latest phases of all philosophies were fathered upon the founder of the school.Parmenides
Another of Mr. Caryll's philosophies was that, when all is said, man is little of a free agent.The Lion's Skin
But your theologies have been almost as false as the philosophies.
From Germany have come the arts, the sciences, the philosophies of the world, and not from there.Michael
E. F. Benson
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).