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noun philosophy pronunciation in British English /fɪˈlɒsəfi/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the study of theories about the meaning of things such as life, knowledge, and beliefs
    He studied politics and philosophy.
    a professor of philosophy
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    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a system of theories developed by someone as a result of the study of philosophy
      Kant’s moral philosophy
      Eastern philosophies
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  2. 2
    [countable] a system of beliefs that influences someones decisions and behaviour
    the latest philosophies of management
    The school has a child-centred philosophy.
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      [countable] a belief or attitude that someone uses for dealing with life in general
      My philosophy is ‘live and let live’.

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