Definition of philosophia perennis in English:

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philosophia perennis

Pronunciation: /fəˌläsəˌfēə pəˈrenis/


A core of philosophical truths that is hypothesized to exist independently of and unaffected by time or place.
Example sentences
  • For the Continental tradition, philosophical problems do not fall from the sky ready-made and cannot be treated as elements in some ahistorical fantasy of philosophia perennis.
  • He pleads for a return to the philosophia perennis and for a rediscovery of the traditional philosophy of the West which has become no more than a matter of historical interest.
  • The author looks upon Hinduism and Buddhism not from a historical point of view, but from the perspective of the philosophia perennis, to which A. K. Coomaraswamy would add et universalis.


Mid 19th century: Latin, literally 'perennial philosophy'.

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Syllabification: phil·o·so·phi·a pe·ren·nis

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