philosophy

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[Phi*losĀ·o*phy]

The noun philosophy means the study of proper behavior, and the search for wisdom.

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Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws.

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a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

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any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation; "self-indulgence was his only philosophy"; "my father''s philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"

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the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics


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Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws.

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A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.

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Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy.

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Reasoning; argumentation.

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The course of sciences read in the schools.

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A treatise on philosophy.


Philosophy

Phi*los"o*phy , n.; pl. Philosophies . [OE. philosophie, F. philosophie, L. philosophia, from Gr. . See Philosopher.] 1. Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws. &hand; When applied to any particular department of knowledge, philosophy denotes the general laws or principles under which all the subordinate phenomena or facts relating to that subject are comprehended. Thus philosophy, when applied to God and the divine government, is called theology; when applied to material objects, it is called physics; when it treats of man, it is called anthropology and psychology, with which are connected logic and ethics; when it treats of the necessary conceptions and relations by which philosophy is possible, it is called metaphysics. &hand; "Philosophy has been defined: tionscience of things divine and human, and the causes in which they are contained; -- the science of effects by their causes; -- the science of sufficient reasons; -- the science of things possible, inasmuch as they are possible; -- the science of things evidently deduced from first principles; -- the science of truths sensible and abstract; -- the application of reason to its legitimate objects; -- the science of the relations of all knowledge to the necessary ends of human reason; -- the science of the original form of the ego, or mental self; -- the science of science; -- the science of the absolute; -- the scienceof the absolute indifference of the ideal and real." Sir W. Hamilton. 2. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.
[Books] of Aristotle and his philosophie.
We shall in vain interpret their words by the notions of our philosophy and the doctrines in our school.
3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy.
Then had he spent all his philosophy.
4. Reasoning; argumentation.
Of good and evil much they argued then, . . . Vain wisdom all, and false philosophy.
5. The course of sciences read in the schools. Johnson. 6. A treatise on philosophy. Philosophy of the Academy, that of Plato, who taught his disciples in a grove in Athens called the Academy. -- Philosophy of the Garden, that of Epicurus, who taught in a garden in Athens. -- Philosophy of the Lyceum, that of Aristotle, the founder of the Peripatetic school, who delivered his lectures in the Lyceum at Athens. -- Philosophy of the Porch, that of Zeno and the Stoics; -- so called because Zeno of Citium and his successors taught in the porch of the Poicile, a great hall in Athens.

Literally, the love of, including the search after, wisdom; in actual usage, the knowledge of phenomena as explained by, and resolved into, causes and reasons, powers and laws.

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Usage Examples

As a system of philosophy it is not like the Tower of Babel, so daring its high aim as to seek a shelter against God's anger but it is like a pyramid poised on its apex.

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

'UFO's' attitude toward the subject is very similar to mine. It's not an advocacy its philosophy is more 'I want to believe this, but I want it proved.'

Bader's philosophy was my philosophy. His whole attitude to life was mine.

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.

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Other Usage Examples

'Freedom from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Ayurveda is a sister philosophy to yoga. It is the science of life or longevity and it teaches about the power and the cycles of nature, as well as the elements.

Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere.

Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated from any human philosophy.

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