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philosophy

noun [C/U]  /fɪˈlɑs·ə·fi/ us  
the study of the nature of reality and existence, of what it is possible to know, and of right and wrong behavior, or a particular set of beliefs of this type: [C] the philosophy of Kant [U] I’d like to take a course in philosophy next semester. The philosophy of a subject is a group of theories and ideas related to the understanding of that subject: [U] the philosophy of language/science A philosophy is also the beliefs you have about how you should behave in particular situations in life: [C] It was always my philosophy to pay my debts promptly.
philosopher
noun [C]  /fɪˈlɑs·ə·fər/ us  
Plato, Aristotle, and the other Greek philosophers
philosophize
verb [I]  /fɪˈlɑs·əˌfɑɪz/ us  
That’s when she’ll start philosophizing about the notion of time.
Translations of “philosophy”
in Korean 철학…
in Arabic فَلْسَفة…
in French philosophie…
in Turkish felsefe, yaşam felsefesi, ilke…
in Italian filosofia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 哲學, 哲學思想, 哲學體系…
in Russian философия, основные принципы…
in Polish filozofia…
in Spanish filosofía…
in Portuguese filosofia…
in German die Philosophie, die Weltanschauung…
in Catalan filosofia…
in Japanese 哲学…
in Chinese (Simplified) 哲学, 哲学思想, 哲学体系…
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