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philosophy

noun uk   /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.
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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 StoicismC1 [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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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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