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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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A particular philosophical system or theory; the hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment; equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune with philosophy. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The course of sciences read in the schools. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A treatise on philosophy. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The knowledge of the principles that cause, control, or explain facts and events: calmness of temper; practical wisdom. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Knowledge of phenomena in their relations of causes and effects, and the laws governing these; rational wisdom; any philosophical system. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Philosophic, philosophical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The rational explanation of anything. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Practical wisdom and rational self control. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Mental science; metaphysics. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for philosophy

  1. 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
  2. Not your philosophy Master Eugene! – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
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