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Definitions of philosophy

  1. a belief ( or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
  2. the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
  3. 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"
  4. 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.
  5. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.
  6. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy.
  7. Reasoning; argumentation.
  8. The course of sciences read in the schools.
  9. A treatise on philosophy.
  10. A love or pursuit of wisdom. A search for the underlying causes and principles of reality. ( Webster, 3d ed)
  11. The knowledge of the principles that cause, control, or explain facts and events: calmness of temper; practical wisdom.
  12. The knowledge of the causes of all phenomena: the collection of general laws or principles belonging to any department of knowledge: reasoning: a particular philosophical system.
  13. Knowledge of phenomena in their relations of causes and effects, and the laws governing these; rational wisdom; any philosophical system.
  14. Philosophic, philosophical.
  15. Knowledge of forces, causes, and laws.
  16. The rational explanation of anything.
  17. Practical wisdom and rational self control.
  18. Mental science; metaphysics.
  19. The application of pure thought to the explanation of things, or the rationally thought- out explanation of things; a particular philosophic system; a scientific explanation; reasoning; investigation of the phenomena of mind and matter; argumentation.
  20. The science which investigates the causes of all phenomena both of mind and of matter; the knowledge of things natural and moral founded upon reason and experience; reasoning; course of sciences read in the schools.
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Usage examples for philosophy

  1. Royce's The Spirit of Modern Philosophy. – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  2. There now, Berganza, you have spoken what I call true philosophy; but go on. – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  3. In high philosophy one should never look at a knife without considering it also as a piece of string, nor at a piece of string without considering it also as a knife. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  4. That's the Senior Class in Philosophy. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  5. And when asked from whom he had acquired his philosophy, he said: " From the blind, who never advance a step until they have tried the ground." – Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers by W. A. Clouston
  6. The whole Church is being moved away from the foundations of the faith, and this false philosophy is at the bottom of it all. – The Church, the Schools and Evolution by J. E. (Judson Eber) Conant
  7. A little measure of philosophy. – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. It's our philosophy, where we find meaning and life and beauty in every aspect of the world. – Sjambak by John Holbrook Vance
  9. And with that little candle of truly handsome philosophy Mr. Peter Every lighted himself to bed. – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  10. Many elements, however, enter into the work which are not a part of this philosophy. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  11. There's a bit of deep, simple philosophy here. – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  12. It is what I meant by the philosophy that has the air of fighting a slow retreat. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  13. Or rather, perhaps, since we are talking philosophy, I may say it 's not a simple matter. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  14. Such philosophy is rare, madame. – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  15. In those two words was told the philosophy of her life. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  16. I haven't that sort of philosophy. – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  17. Philosophy must be made scientific. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  18. But on the subject of the English Sunday he does stand for his own philosophy. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
  19. They have not the patience to read solid and thoughtful literature, and works of science and philosophy are a bore. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  20. Not your philosophy, Master Eugene! – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
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