noun, plural phi·los·o·phies.
Origin of philosophy
Related Words for philosophysystem, thought, outlook, theory, viewpoint, thinking, idea, wisdom, ideology, attitude, truth, doctrine, logic, tenet, reasoning, view, conception, axiom, reason, values
Examples from the Web for philosophy
Contemporary Examples of philosophy
His philosophy is Everything to Someone rather than Something for Everyone.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
Each step of the way, Booker has thrived on the philosophy that your actions matter more than what you preach.Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
November 26, 2014
But Moglen, an Internet scholar, has developed something closer to a philosophy.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
November 12, 2014
Paz tells us that she owned countless encyclopedias and manuals—on mythology, law, history, philosophy, theology.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
When Republicans attack Democrats, the attacks quite often go right to the heart of Democratic essence, and philosophy.How Can Dems Be Losing to These Idiots?
October 29, 2014
Historical Examples of philosophy
This so excited the admiration of Speusippus, that a love of philosophy was kindled within him.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I hope I'll have the old Bines philosophy and the young Bines spirit.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Instead, it presents, what all too few of us to-day possess, a philosophy of life.
The Church cannot be so more than the stage, or music more than philosophy.
O that philosophy or philanthropy could but find it out and work it!
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).