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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

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a system of theories developed by someone as a result of the study of philosophy

      Kant’s moral philosophy

  2. 2
    [countable] a system of beliefs that influences someone’s decisions and behaviour

    The school has a child-centred philosophy.

    1. a.
      [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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