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philosophynoun [C/U]

us   /fɪˈlɑs·ə·fi/
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] us   /fɪˈlɑs·ə·fər/
Plato, Aristotle, and the other Greek philosophers
philosophize
verb [I] us   /fɪˈlɑs·əˌfɑɪz/
That’s when she’ll start philosophizing about the notion of time.
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"philosophy" in British English

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philosophynoun

uk   /fɪˈlɒs.ə.fi/ us   /fɪˈlɑː.sə.fi/
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
the philosophy of sth
a group of theories and ideas related to the understanding of a particular subject: the philosophy of education/religion/science
[C] a particular system of beliefs, values, and principles: the Ancient Greek philosophy of Stoicism
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!

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