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Philosophy meaning

philosophy - 8 dictionary results

  1. 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. 2. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.
  3. 3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy.
  4. 4. Reasoning; argumentation.
  5. 5. The course of sciences read in the schools.
  6. 6. A treatise on philosophy.
  7. 7. Knowledge of phenomena in their relations of causes and effects, and the laws governing these; rational wisdom; any philosophical system.
  8. 8. Philosophic, philosophical.

philosophy - examples of usage

  1. Denham returned a suitable answer, and he proceeded to explain how this decision had been arrived at, and what changes it involved in the philosophy which they both accepted. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Common sense does indeed know what is meant by a " thing" or " an individual," but philosophy cannot settle either of these two points. - "Luck or Cunning?", Samuel Butler.
  3. And of their minds, or their philosophy of life, we know absolutely nothing. - "Afoot in England", W.H. Hudson.
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