noun, plural phi·los·o·phies.
- philosophical analysis,
- philosophical anthropology,
- philosophical logic,
- philosophy of life,
Origin of philosophy
Examples from the Web for philosophy
His philosophy is Everything to Someone rather than Something for Everyone.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way|Tom Teodorczuk|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each step of the way, Booker has thrived on the philosophy that your actions matter more than what you preach.
But Moglen, an Internet scholar, has developed something closer to a philosophy.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook|Jake Whitney|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Republicans attack Democrats, the attacks quite often go right to the heart of Democratic essence, and philosophy.
That was his philosophy, I thought, and I sympathized with it.The Believing Years|Edmund Lester Pearson
Afar, is the reign of philosophy; close up is the chaos of the Carlovingian era.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
The primary interests of the romance, however, far outweighing its philosophy and its adventures, is love.Essays on the Greek Romances|Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
A man not only known for his extensive knowledge of chemistry, but distinguished for his philosophy and patriotism.James Cutbush|Edgar F. Smith
Sensual pleasures were restored to the rank they held in the Epicurean philosophy.
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).