philosopher

noun
phi·​los·​o·​pher | \ fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər \

Definition of philosopher

1a : a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment : scholar, thinker
b : a student of philosophy
2a : a person whose philosophical perspective makes meeting trouble with equanimity easier
b : an expounder of a theory in a particular area of experience
c : one who philosophizes

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These are all real articles, published in real, scholarly journals written by a group of three people — magazine editor Helen Pluckrose, mathematician James Lindsay, and philosopher Peter Boghossian. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The controversy around hoax studies in critical theory, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 Over the millennia, scientists and philosophers who could not deny that animals appeared to have emotions, thoughts and inner lives could still draw a bright line between them and us thanks to language. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Koko the Gorilla Wasn't Human, But She Taught Us So Much About Ourselves," 21 June 2018 The Watergate comes from this genius in Rome, a scholar and philosopher in modern design and architecture named Luigi Moretti. Carson Bear, USA TODAY, "D.C.'s Watergate building: America’s most infamous address," 31 May 2018 Clark told Friston that Friston was, in temperament, like the austere philosopher W. V. O. Quine. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark," 26 Mar. 2018 My interview with Yale philosopher Erica Benner about what the writings of 16th-century Italian writer Niccolò Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and liberal democracy was fascinating and definitely worth a read. Sean Illing, Vox, "Here are the 5 most interesting conversations I had in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Morgan Neville’s portrait of beloved children’s show host and moral philosopher Fred Rogers is 2018’s highest-grossing documentary for good reasons. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Some of Skrzypski's postings indicate a sympathetic interest in Julius Evola, an Italian fascist philosopher who decades after his death remains an influence on neo-fascists. Stephen Wright, Fox News, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018 Enlightenment-era philosopher Denis Diderot famously pronounced that all the world’s theologies could be toppled by an egg! Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of philosopher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for philosopher

Middle English philosophe, philosophre, from Anglo-French, from Latin philosophus, from Greek philosophos, from phil- + sophia wisdom, from sophos wise

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philosopher

noun

English Language Learners Definition of philosopher

: a person who studies ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc. : a person who studies philosophy

philosopher

noun
phi·​los·​o·​pher | \ fə-ˈlä-sə-fər \

Kids Definition of philosopher

1 : a person who studies ideas about knowledge, right and wrong, reasoning, and the value of things
2 : a person who takes misfortunes with calmness and courage

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