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. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.
  3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy.
  4. The course of sciences read in the schools.
  5. A treatise on philosophy.
  6. The knowledge of the principles that cause, control, or explain facts and events: calmness of temper; practical wisdom.
  7. 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.
  8. Knowledge of phenomena in their relations of causes and effects, and the laws governing these; rational wisdom; any philosophical system.
  9. Philosophic, philosophical.
  10. Practical wisdom and rational self control.
  11. Mental science; metaphysics.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.