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Definitions of philosophy

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

Quotes of philosophy

  1. The food we ate was Indian, and both my mother and father were very deep into the ancient philosophy of India, so it could well have been an Indian household. – Amar Bose
  2. There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy and by religion. – Charles Caleb Colton
  3. All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. – Epictetus
  4. Strive to be authentic all the time. That's sort of my philosophy on life, which applies to acting. – Paul Guilfoyle
  5. Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy – Thomas Hobbes
  6. However, while the Nazi barbarians and their collaborators threatened the entire world, I could not accept his philosophy and, after several earlier attempts, was finally accepted into the Canadian Infantry Corps during the last year of World War II. – Walter Kohn
  7. We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy but by direct intercourse and sympathy. – Richard M. Nixon
  8. I find purer philosophy in a Poem than in a Conclusion of Geometry, a chemical analysis, or a physical law. – Wilfred Owen
  9. A religion so cheerless, a philosophy so sorrowful, could never have succeeded with the masses of mankind if presented only as a system of metaphysics. Buddhism owed its success to its catholic spirit and its beautiful morality. – William Winwood Reade
  10. Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know. – Bertrand Russell
  11. From cell phones to computers, quality is improving and costs are shrinking as companies fight to offer the public the best product at the best price. But this philosophy is sadly missing from our health -care insurance system. – John Shadegg
  12. Ethical and questions of philosophy interest me a great deal. – Robert Sheckley
  13. My philosophy Simplicity plus variety. – Hank Stram
  14. I had a philosophy which may have been proven right, that directing isn't as hard as everyone says it is. – Matthew Vaughn
  15. Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains. – Alfred North Whitehead

Usage examples for philosophy

  1. Or rather, perhaps, since we are talking philosophy I may say it 's not a simple matter. ” – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  2. 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
  3. There now, Berganza, you have spoken what I call true philosophy but go on. ” – The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. It's our philosophy where we find meaning and life and beauty in every aspect of the world. ” – Sjambak by John Holbrook Vance
  7. Philosophy must be made scientific. ” – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  8. And with that little candle of truly handsome philosophy Mr. Peter Every lighted himself to bed. ” – Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates
  9. “ That's the Senior Class in Philosophy – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  10. “ There's a bit of deep, simple philosophy here. ” – Quiet Talks on Service by S. D. Gordon
  11. In those two words was told the philosophy of her life. ” – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  12. Such philosophy is rare, madame. ” – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. “ Royce's The Spirit of Modern Philosophy – Autobiography and Selected Essays by Thomas Henry Huxley
  17. Not your philosophy Master Eugene! ” – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
  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. “ I haven't that sort of philosophy – Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  20. “ A little measure of philosophy – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim