What is philosophy

wikipedia

Philosophy (from Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, literally “love of wisdom”) is the study of general and fundamental problemsconcerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. The term was probably coined by Pythagoras (c. 570–495 BCE). Philosophical methodsinclude questioning, critical discussion, rational argument, and systematic presentation. Classic philosophical questions include: Is it possible to know anything and to prove it? What is most real? Philosophers also pose more practical and concrete questions such as: Is there a best way to live? Is it better to be just or unjust (if one can get away with it)? Do humans have free will? Read more


Dictionary.com

The rational investigation of the truths andprinciples of being, knowledge, or conduct. Read more


Britannica.com

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. Read more


Merriam-webster

a :pursuit of wisdom
b :a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means
c :an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs

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Vocabulary.com

The noun philosophy means the study of proper behavior, and the search for wisdom. Read more


Oxforddictionaries

The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. Read more


Cambridge.org

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 Read more


Collinsdictionary.com

Philosophy is the study or creation of theories about basic things such as the nature of existence, knowledge, and thought, or about how people should live. Read more


Yourdictionary.com

Theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe: included in philosophy are ethics, aesthetics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc. Read more


Urbandictionary.com

Contrary to some of the vacuous bullshit you’ll find on this page, philosophy is a noble, no, possibly THE most noble academic discipline one can study. Sans repeating what our friend correctly said about the five major fields, I will say this: We live and die for philosophy. Even if we don’t realize it, nearly everything we believe is predicated on someone’s philosophical investigations. To debase the mother of all sciences as a “waste of the taxpayer’s money” is to admit barefaced ignorance. Read more