Definition of philosophy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɒsəfi//
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  1. 1   [uncountable] the study of the nature and meaning of the universe and of human life moral philosophy the philosophy of science a professor of philosophy a degree in philosophy See related entries: Subjects and courses
  2. 2  [countable] a particular set or system of beliefs resulting from the search for knowledge about life and the universe the philosophy of Jung the development of different philosophies
  3. 3  [countable] a set of beliefs or an attitude to life that guides somebody’s behaviour Her philosophy of life is to take every opportunity that presents itself.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French philosophie, via Latin from Greek philosophia ‘love of wisdom’.Extra examples Does this in any way reflect your own philosophy? Over the years he has developed his own personal philosophy. The new measures were introduced with no explanation of the philosophy behind them. These ideas are based on his political philosophy. We share the same guiding philosophy. a furniture-maker’s design philosophy developing a personal philosophy humanism—the prevailing philosophy today in the Western world the attraction of Marxism as a social philosophy the homespun philosophy that kept her going during this difficult period the management philosophy which prevailed at that time the philosophy underlying the education system He holds firmly to a Buddhist philosophy of life. My own philosophy is to take all the opportunities you can in life. Those who have different political philosophies might nonetheless come to some agreement.
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