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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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 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

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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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