philosopher

noun
phi·​los·​o·​pher | \ fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fər How to pronounce philosopher (audio) \

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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Kate Manne, a philosopher at Cornell, helped us make sense of it all with her illuminating analysis of what was really going on. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 William MacAskill, a philosopher at Oxford University, argues that promoting inefficient charities might actually do more harm than good. The Economist, "Can “effective altruism” maximise the bang for each charitable buck?," 2 June 2018 But also the reverse is true: Science has offered to philosophers of science new questions to ponder. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 2018 Such moments come easily to a man who grew up in Greece, who quotes ancient wisdom, who studied the philosophers at Columbia, and who served as a social worker for 30 years before opening his Black Olive restaurant in 1997. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Rodricks: This restaurateur has something for the man who stole from him: a job," 2 June 2018 The book lists Jesus alongside the names of artists, philosophers, scientists and Buddha. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, "The deep faith of 'A Wrinkle in Time' author Madeleine L'Engle," 24 Mar. 2018 Edinburgh The Scots, like the Irish, are a small but globalized nation; the philosophers of Enlightenment were also the engineers, soldiers and emigrants of Empire. Dominic Green, WSJ, "The National Museum of Scotland Completes a Perfect Revamp," 26 Feb. 2019 Other examples include the philosopher David Lewis, who published a response to one of his own papers under the nom de plume Bruce Le Catt. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 In fact, the economist Robert Frank and the philosopher Kim Sterelny have proposed exactly the opposite view. Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic, "When Truth and Reason Are No Longer Enough," 17 Mar. 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 How to pronounce philosopher (audio) \

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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