: all learning exclusive of technical precepts and practical arts
: the sciences and liberal arts exclusive of medicine, law, and theology
a doctor of philosophy
: the 4-year college course of a major seminary
: a discipline comprising as its core logic, aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology
: pursuit of wisdom
: a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means
: an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs
: a system of philosophical concepts
: a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought
the philosophy of war
: the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group
: calmness of temper and judgment befitting a philosopher
There's plenty of blame to go around: poor regulation, eight years of a failed Republican economic philosophy, Wall Street-friendly Democrats who helped stymie reform, misguided bipartisan efforts to promote home ownership, Wall Street greed, corrupt CEOs, a botched rescue effort, painfully fallible central bankers. —Daniel Gross, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2009 Broadly speaking, philosophy has three concerns: how the world hangs together, how our beliefs can be justified, and how to live. —Jim Holt, New York Times Book Review, 15 Feb. 2009 Almost none of the kids were older than twenty-five, as if there were a sell-by date on radical social philosophy, a legal age limit after which one must surrender lofty ideals and shave off all dreadlocks. —Matthew Power, Harper's, March 2008 In their mission statement, the editors bragged of their firm commitment to equality and social justice, but their philosophy didn't prevent them from summoning Lindsey to perform all their menial tasks. —Kim Wong Keltner, The Dim Sum of All Things, 2004 Her degree is in philosophy and religion. The group eventually split over conflicting political philosophies. Her main cooking philosophy is to use only fresh ingredients. See More
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