Definition of philosophical in English:

philosophical

Line breaks: philo|soph¦ic¦al
Pronunciation: /fɪləˈsɒfɪk(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating or devoted to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence: philosophical discussions about free will the Cambridge Philosophical Society
    More example sentences
    • Many philosophers today deny that philosophical questions about knowledge have any special character.
    • Most read him in terms of the German philosophical tradition or existentialism.
    • Husserl's phenomenology is Derrida's most immediate philosophical heritage.
    Synonyms
    theoretical, analytical, rational, metaphysical, logical, reasoned, esoteric, scholarly, erudite

Derivatives

philosophic

adjective
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  • The issue here is related to the centrality of the Jewish writer within the diaspora to the European traditions of philosophic embodiment of ideas in creative literary forms.
  • Because she identified the philosophic principles that underlay the politics of her day, Ayn Rand's analysis is as pertinent today as it was then.
  • Even modern science is based upon philosophic presuppositions which can not be verified - so say most philosophers.

philosophically

adverb
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  • Most of the work that I do in the field of IQ is to seek out what the term means philosophically, practically and culturally.
  • I don't have time to give considered responses to a lot of philosophically challenging questions.
  • He has also seemed to have just moved to the right philosophically, but he continues to be listed at least as a Democrat.

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