Essential Meaning of philosophy
1 : the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc. a professor of philosophy Her degree is in philosophy and religion.
2 : a particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc. The group eventually split over conflicting political philosophies.
3 : a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live Her main cooking philosophy is to use only fresh ingredients. My philosophy is to live and let live. [=let other people live the way they want to] His philosophy of life [=his way of living] is to treat people as he would like to be treated.
Full Definition of philosophy
2a : pursuit of wisdom
b : a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means
c : an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs
3a : a system of philosophical concepts
b : a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought the philosophy of war
4a : the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group
b : calmness of temper and judgment befitting a philosopher
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