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  2. philosophy, (from Greek, by way of Latin, philosophia, “love of wisdom”) the rational, abstract, and methodical consideration of reality as a whole or of fundamental dimensions of human existence and experience. Philosophical inquiry is a central element in the intellectual history of many civilizations.

  3. Philosophy Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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    philosophy noun phi· los· o· phy fə-ˈläs- (ə-)fē plural philosophies 1 : the study of the basic ideas about knowledge, truth, right and wrong, religion, and the nature and meaning of life 2 : the philosophical teachings or principles of a person or group Greek philosophy 3 : the general principles of a field of study or activity

  4. Philosophy - Wikipedia

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    Philosophy (from Greek: φιλοσοφία, philosophia, 'love of wisdom') is the systematized study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved.

  5. What is Philosophy? | Department of Philosophy - Florida State...

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    Quite literally, the term "philosophy" means, "love of wisdom." In a broad sense, philosophy is an activity people undertake when they seek to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, and their relationships to the world and to each other. As an academic discipline philosophy is much the same.

  6. What is Philosophy?

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    The Philosophy Foundation’s account attempts to capture something of its spirit, structure, content, method, aims and hopes, but our account is inextricably personal to us and culturally specific. So, consistent with the philosophical spirit we’ve tried to illustrate here, one might wonder whether philosophy is – at least in addition to what we have said it is – something other than what we have said it is; to accept our account uncritically would not be very philosophical, after all.

  7. Philosophy Definition & Meaning | Dictionary.com

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    the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. any of the three branches, namely natural philosophy, moral philosophy, and metaphysical philosophy, that are accepted as composing this study. a particular system of thought based on such study or investigation: the philosophy of Spinoza.

  8. What Is Philosophy? - A Brief Introduction - ThoughtCo

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    To some, philosophy’s goal is a systematic worldview. You are a philosopher when you can find a place to any fact, in heaven or earth. Philosophers have indeed provided systematic theories of history, justice, the State, the natural world, knowledge, love, friendship: you name it. Engaging in philosophical thinking is, under this perspective, like putting in order your own room to receive a guest: anything should find a place and, possibly, a reason for being where it is.

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  10. What is Philosophy? The Basics of Philosophy

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    At its simplest, philosophy (from the Greek or phílosophía, meaning ‘the love of wisdom’) is the study of knowledge, or "thinking about thinking", although the breadth of what it covers is perhaps best illustrated by a selection of other alternative definitions : the discipline concerned with questions of how one should live (ethics); what sorts of things exist and what are their essential natures (metaphysics); what counts as genuine knowledge (epistemology); and what are the correct ...

  11. Philosophy | Psychology Today

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    The term philosophy, which comes from Greek origins, means “love of wisdom .” The study of philosophy involves asking fundamental questions to better understand people’s place in the universe...