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philosophy

noun     /fɪˈlɒs.ə.fi/ US  /-ˈlɑː.sə-/
B2 [U] the use of reason in understanding such things as the nature of the real world and existence , the use and limits of knowledge , and the principles of moral judgment : René Descartes is regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. → See also PhDPhilosophyLogic and reasonSubjects and disciplines the philosophy of sth a group of theories and ideas related to the understanding of a particular subject : the philosophy of education / religion / science PhilosophyIdeas, concepts and theories [C] a particular system of beliefs , values , and principles : the Ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism PhilosophyOpinions, beliefs and points of view C1 [C usually singular] informal the way that someone thinks about life and deals with it: Live now, pay later - that's my philosophy of life !Opinions, beliefs and points of view
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