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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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, The Seattle Times, "Polish globe-trotter blunders into Indonesia-Papua conflict," 24 Sep. 2018 Take Julius Evola, the right-wing Italian philosopher active in the middle of the 20th century and who has been influential to modern right-wing figures, including Steve Bannon. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The religious hunger that drives Jordan Peterson’s fandom," 1 June 2018 The most recent is education philosopher Zachary Stein, who writes: The recent economic crisis has involved the best graduates from our most prestigious schools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are private schools really better than public schools? A look at the data.," 27 Mar. 2018 The drunken philosophers, who arrange events through Meetup.com, are mostly millennials, and majority male. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 2019 That's an almost-certainly apocryphal line, usually attributed to the French-Algerian philosopher — and handy schoolboy goalkeeper — Albert Camus. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "How the World Cup reflects the world," 14 June 2018 This is disturbing to philosophers as well as physicists. James Gleick, New York Times, "What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?," 8 May 2018 In some instances, relaxation actually may be required to enjoy the ocean, according to British philosopher Alan Watts. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Does 'blue mind' science explain why we love the ocean?," 11 Apr. 2018 This was the era of the salon, when ambitious women like the Marquise de Rambouillet and Madeleine de Scudéry played host to philosophers and poets, their homes hubs of thought and art. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "The Revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and the Evolution of the Society Grand Dame," 20 Sep. 2016

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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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