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Definition of Philosophy
PhilosophyPhilosophy Phi*los"o*phy, n.; pl. Philosophies. [OE.
philosophie, F. philosophie, L. philosophia, from Gr. ?. See
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.
Note: When applied to any particular department of knowledge,
philosophy denotes the general laws or principles under
which all the subordinate phenomena or facts relating
to that subject are comprehended. Thus philosophy, when
applied to God and the divine government, is called
theology; when applied to material objects, it is
called physics; when it treats of man, it is called
anthropology and psychology, with which are connected
logic and ethics; when it treats of the necessary
conceptions and relations by which philosophy is
possible, it is called metaphysics.
Note: ``Philosophy has been defined: tionscience of things
divine and human, and the causes in which they are
contained; -- the science of effects by their causes;
-- the science of sufficient reasons; -- the science of
things possible, inasmuch as they are possible; -- the
science of things evidently deduced from first
principles; -- the science of truths sensible and
abstract; -- the application of reason to its
legitimate objects; -- the science of the relations of
all knowledge to the necessary ends of human reason; --
the science of the original form of the ego, or mental
self; -- the science of science; -- the science of the
absolute; -- the scienceof the absolute indifference of
the ideal and real.' --Sir W. Hamilton.
2. A particular philosophical system or theory; the
hypothesis by which particular phenomena are explained.
[Books] of Aristotle and his philosophie. --Chaucer.
We shall in vain interpret their words by the
notions of our philosophy and the doctrines in our
3. Practical wisdom; calmness of temper and judgment;
equanimity; fortitude; stoicism; as, to meet misfortune
Then had he spent all his philosophy. --Chaucer.
4. Reasoning; argumentation.
Of good and evil much they argued then, . . . Vain
wisdom all, and false philosophy. --Milton.
5. The course of sciences read in the schools. --Johnson.
6. A treatise on philosophy.
Philosophy of the Academy, that of Plato, who taught his
disciples in a grove in Athens called the Academy.
Philosophy of the Garden, that of Epicurus, who taught in a
garden in Athens.
Philosophy of the Lyceum, that of Aristotle, the founder of
the Peripatetic school, who delivered his lectures in the
Lyceum at Athens.
Philosophy of the Porch, that of Zeno and the Stoics; -- so
called because Zeno of Citium and his successors taught in
the porch of the Poicile, a great hall in Athens.
Meaning of Philosophy from wikipedia
(from Gr****: φιλοσοφία, philosophia, 'love of wisdom') is the study
questions, such as those about
- A Doctor
(PhD, Ph.D., or DPhil; Latin philosophiae doctor
philosophiae) is the most common degree
at the highest academic
- Will, generally, is a faculty
of the mind; Within philosophy
, will is important
as one of the parts
of the mind, along
and understanding. It...
is a branch
of philosophy concerned
with the foundations, methods, and implications
of science. The central questions
of this study...
- The Philosophy
of 'As if': A System
of the Theoretical, Practical
and Religious Fictions
(German: Die Philosophie
des Als Ob) is a 1911 book...
- Indian philosophy refers
to philosophical traditions
of the Indian
subcontinent. A traditional Hindu classification divides
āstika and nāstika schools...
- Western philosophy
encomp****es the philosophical thought
and work of the Western
world. Historically, the term refers
to the philosophical thinking
- Analytic philosophy
is a branch
of philosophy using
analysis, po****r in the Western World
the Anglosphere, which
- Eastern philosophy
or Asian philosophy includes
the various philosophies
in East and South
Asia, including Chinese philosophy
- Political philosophy
or political theory
is the philosophical study
of government, addressing questions about
the nature, scope, and legitimacy
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