noun (plural philosophies)
- 1The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. See also natural philosophy.More example sentences
- Theology ‘is an academic discipline like philosophy, English literature or the classics,’ he said.
- One of the fundamental tasks of philosophy has always been to determine what belongs to nature.
- Those who question the existence of African philosophy argue that philosophy is rooted in epistemology and metaphysics.
- 1.1A particular system of philosophical thought: Schopenhauer’s philosophyMore example sentences
- At Jena, Hegel published a long pamphlet on the differences between the philosophies of Fichte and Schelling: in every case, in his opinion, Schelling's view was to be preferred.
- Compatibilist philosophies seek to reconcile free will and determinism in a modern time.
- This is because traditional notions of determinism in positivist and empiricist philosophies of science produced the odd idea that causation in the human world is agent-less and is not a force.
- 1.2The study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience: the philosophy of scienceMore example sentences
thinking, thought, reasoning
- This is a distinction central to the branch of the philosophy of social science known as epistemology (simply defined as the study of how we can claim to know something).
- One explanation looks to the institutional and disciplinary history of theoretical physics and the philosophy of science.
- The philosophy of science deals with philosophical issues that arise in connection with science.
- 1.3A theory or attitude held by a person or organization that acts as a guiding principle for behavior: don’t expect anything and you won’t be disappointed, that’s my philosophyMore example sentences
- Urban schools provide a different context for the development of knowledge, attitudes, and philosophies that guide the behaviors of beginning teachers.
- The philosophy of ‘live by the camera, die by the camera ‘must also be on the minds of some editors.’
- The philosophy of auctions took off in the '90s, and one can grant de facto property rights without de jure property rights.
Middle English: from Old French philosophie, via Latin from Greek philosophia 'love of wisdom'.